Chronic Illness and Breastfeeding Rates

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) Thousands of illnesses each year, including high blood pressure, breast cancer and heart attacks are now  being attributed to low breastfeeding rates.

The results, outlined in a Harvard study found women who chose not to nurse had an increased risk of developing the aforementioned diseases.

Breastfeeding also has benefits for baby.

According to the CDC, babies who are nursed for at least nine months decrease their chances of becoming overweight by more than 30%.

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