Tuesday Tip: Women's Heart Health and Breastfeeding

Mothers who breastfeed are at significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer, hypertension and suffering heart attacks than women who do not, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

 “Anyone wearing a pink ribbon to fight breast cancer, or a red dress to fight heart disease, should take note of these findings”, said co-author Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D., M.S., associate professor of medicine, epidemiology, and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services at Pitt’s School Of Medicine.

 “While breastfeeding is widely recognized as important to infant health, more people need to understand that breastfeeding appears to have substantial long-term effects on women’s health as well,” Dr. Schwarz explained.  

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