A statement by the American Heart Association (AHA) highlighted that breastfeeding provides many heart-healthy benefits for babies AND mothers.
The AHA noted that women who breastfed at least once were 17% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease and 12% less likely to have a stroke.
“We know that cardiovascular disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, can start in childhood, so giving a baby breast milk even for a few days in infancy is a good start to a heart-healthy life,” said Dr. Maria Avila of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in New York.
The AHA advises mothers to breastfeed their infants for 12 months, transferring to other additional sources of nutrition starting at around 4 to 6 months of age, to ensure the diet contains enough micronutrients.
Read more details at HealthDay News.
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