April 28, 2009 --
There is new evidence that breast-feeding may have lasting health benefits for new mothers as well as their babies. A study from the University of Pittsburgh finds that women who nurse their babies for at least one year may lower their risk of high-blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease after menopause.
The findings are reported in the May issue of the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Data from on nearly 140,000 breast feeding mothers was studied.
The report also found that the longer the duration of breast-feeding the greater the benefits.