Scientificamerican

Scientificamerican

The benefits of breast-feeding for babies have proved to be myriad, and an increasing number of studies are finding long-term health benefits for mothers, too, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and lower odds of some cancers.

A new analysis confirms earlier observations that breast-feeding helps to decrease a mother’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and suggests that even a single month of lactation can serve a protective effect. Many major U.S. medical organizations currently recommend breast-feeding infants for at least six months.

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