Could nursing your baby actually improve your heart health?
A new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests that it may. Researchers in California compared the carotid arteries in the necks of women who breastfed their babies to those who did not. They found that that women who nursed for 10 months or longer had less atherosclerosis in their carotid arteries than those who breastfed less than a month. Since atheroscerosis, or hardening of the arteries is the main cause for cardiovascular disease, it suggests that nursing may actually reduce risk of heart attacks and strokes as women age. Certainly more research is needed to know for sure.