Breastfeeding impacts long-term weight gain in mothers

Bloomberg News reports, “Breast-feeding may help mothers reduce the risk of obesity later in life, according to a study” published in the International Journal of Obesity.

HealthDay reports that investigators “evaluated information on about 740,000 postmenopausal women participating in Britain’s Million Women Study between 1996 and 2001.”

WebMD reports that “the women’s average BMI increased with the number of children they had, from an average of 25.6 among women without children to 27.2 for women with four or more children.”

However, the investigators “found for every six months of breastfeeding, women’s average BMI was 1% lower than that of women who did not breastfeed.”

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