New study gives women whole new reason to breastfeed - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/10/10

New study gives women whole new reason to breastfeed

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By Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new study presented recently at the American Heart Association's conference on heart health might convince more women to give breast feeding a try, even if they find it uncomfortable.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh discovered women who breast-feed have less abdominal fat, even decades later and it's that belly fat that poses a risk for heart disease. They studied over 350 middle-aged women revealed those who breastfeed their babies for at least three months.

They found that they had less abdominal fat than women who never breastfeed or did so for fewer than three months. They are unclear whether breastfeeding actually affects belly fat itself or if women who breastfeed tend to live healthier lifestyles overall.

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