Breastfeeding Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Breastfeeding isn’t just good for babies. It’s also good for moms.

A new study shows that mothers who follow breastfeeding guidelines may be less likely to develop high blood pressure later in life. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Previous research has linked breastfeeding to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression for women. Health professionals recommend mothers exclusively breastfeed their children for the first six months. After that, they should continue to breastfeed while adding solid foods as recommended by their pediatrician.

In the study, women who breastfed for a minimum of six months were less likely to develop high blood pressure over 14 years.