Breastfeeding could affect mother's weight

July 11, 2012 5:01:10 AM PDT
A new study finds that how many children a woman bears, and whether or not she breast feeds them, may play a role in weight gain.

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.