Can Breastfeeding Be Beneficial to a Mother's Health?

One researcher says that breastfeeding may be good for more than just a child.
1:35 | 09/17/14

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Turn to health news now, the benefits of breast-feeding back in the headlines, how to protect moms and health conditions. Wi you have a leading researcher calling on everyone to think about the way we look at breast-feeding. This is eye-opening for me. I talk about the benefits of breast-feeding for babies, but this is the benefits for moms themselves. It can reduce ovarian cancer, breast cancer, heart disease. The women who breast-fed, less likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes and heart conditions. How does that happen? Not exactly clear. It improves handling of sugar and fat, they are linked to heart disease and affects hormones. They can be tied into heart disease. I -- I will say firsthand, there is a -- I don't know, something positive hormonally is released. You feel better. Not just the emotional connection, but I have to believe there's a major connection between the emotional and the physical in that amazing act. It will change the way I have a conversation with my -- my patients about this. And it just gives a woman more information to make that decision in terms of what's right for them. And we have to make sure that based on what a woman likes to do, making it easier for women who want to nurse. Thank you, and Dr. Besser will take your questions throughout the morning. Text #askdr.b chat.

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