Breastfeeding could affect mother's weight

July 10, 2012

Childbearing is linked with obesity, but breast feeding cuts that risk by about 1 percent for every six months of nursing.

Those findings were presented in a study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

While the reduction may seem small for an individual woman, scientists say it is substantial in terms of obesity-related diseases across the population.

They add breast feeding may help control weight by resetting various metabolic control centers in the brain after childbirth.

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