Breastfeeding lowers risk of metabolic syndrome for baby and mom - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/4/09

Breastfeeding lowers risk of metabolic syndrome for baby and mom

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Breastfeeding may help protect women from developing metabolic syndrome, which is a condition linked to heart disease and diabetes.  It's unclear why that may be protective for the mom, but Kaiser Permanente Researchers have found breastfeeding a child lowers the risk for metabolic syndrome by 40 to 56%.

The benefit was even greater among women who had gestational diabetes while pregnant.  For them, breast feeding gives them up to an 86 percent reduced risk.  Metabolic syndrome is actually a cluster of risk factors related to heart disease and diabetes, like high blood pressure and cholesterol.

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