We have all heard the phrase, “breast is best,” and the list of benefits for growing babies is certainly long. However, according to a recent study, moms might be able to add a benefit to their own list.
Researchers followed almost 700 women over a span of 7 to 15 years to find that the women who breastfed their babies for 6 months or longer saw their waist shrink four and a half centimeters more than the women who did not breastfeed their babies.
The women who breastfed were also more likely to have smaller hip circumferences and lower blood pressures ten years later.
Breastfeeding, for moms who are able to, may be one additional way to keep all of these chronic illnesses at bay.