Why I'm happier than ever that I breastfed my children
Check this out: a new British study has found one more amazing reason why you should seriously consider breastfeeding if you are going to have a baby! According to researchers, breastfeeding for six months can influence a woman's weight later on in life by reducing the risk of obesity as much as 30 years down the road. I think this are amazing news and they make me feel happier than ever that I breastfed both my children.
You've probably heard that breastfeeding helps you lose the weight faster after childbirth, but this is the first time that a study looks at the long-term effects of breastfeeding and weight loss.
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Published in the International Journal of Obesity, the study looked at data from nearly 750,000 women who participated in a broad investigation of British females aged 50 to 64 known as the Million Women Study. And it basically found this:
Overall, breastfeeding was associated with a modest, long-term reduction in body mass index, a measurement of height relative to weight. For every six months the women breastfed, their BMI decreased by about 1 percent on average.
A one percent reduction might not seem like much, but the truth is that this would "substantially reduce the number of obesity-related diseases and their costs," according to the authors of the study. I say anything that helps with the obesity epidemic we are currently facing is a plus!
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Although the study didn't really explain the reasons why breastfeeding can help a woman control her weight years down the road, I think the news need to be shared because I can only imagine that this would help convince a lot of moms who're on the fence about breastfeeding that this is a good thing not only for their little ones, but also for them!
I'm definitely happy I have my decision to thank for helping me with my weight for years to come!
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