Breastfeeding effect on weight lasts decades

UK researchers studied data from more than 740,000 postmenopausal females who reported their height, weight, reproductive histories and other relevant factors.

Among 88% giving birth to at least one child, 70% had breastfed for a mean of 7.7 months.

The researchers found that a woman’s long-term BMI was 1% lower for every six months of breastfeeding.

“It seems relevant to inform women that breastfeeding is associated with a relatively small, but important, persistent reduction in their weight decades

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