Lactation Benefits the Mother Years Later

Obesity-related diseases are a growing concern around the world. Based on the Million Women Study in Britain, researchers have found that mothers who had not breast-fed had significantly higher BMI scores than those who did. Those who breast-fed for more than 6 months had the greatest weight reduction. While not proving casuality, this study adds to the growing body of evidence that lactation has important health benefits for the mother–even years in the future.

PositiveTip: Choosing to breast-feed is best for the baby and can reduce the mother’s risk of excess weight later.