Breast­feed­ing re­duces risk of hy­per­ten­sion in women

Weekly Trust - - Health - Judd-Leonard Okafor, with agency re­port

If you have been won­der­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween breast­feed­ing and hy­per­ten­sion, now rest. A sys­tem­atic re­view of lit­er­a­ture found breast­feed­ing for as short as one to four months can lower risk of high blood pres­sure in women.

Lac­ta­tion can also pro­tect women across ex­tended pe­riod, from years to decades, the re­view found.

Among 15 stud­ies re­viewed that had longer-term fol­low-up, 67% of those eval­u­ated for el­e­vated blood pres­sure and 100% of the stud­ies that as­sessed for an out­come of hy­per­ten­sion - showed a pro­tec­tive as­so­ci­a­tion with lac­ta­tion, as re­ported in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Breast­feed­ing Medicine, the of­fi­cial jour­nal of the Academy of Breast­feed­ing Medicine.

The re­searchers found that, com­pared to the stud­ies with short-term fol­low-up, those that in­cluded longer du­ra­tions of fol­low-up were more likely to show a pos­i­tive as­so­ci­a­tion with breast­feed­ing.

“Once again, it is con­firmed that breast­feed­ing pro­vides ma­jor health ben­e­fits not only to the in­fant but, also, no less so, to the nurs­ing mother,” says Arthur Eidel­man, MD, ed­i­tor-in-chief of Breast­feed­ing Medicine.

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