Breastfeeding For Longer Time May be Key to Moms’ Slim Waists and Lower CVD Risk
Breastfeeding for 6 months or more was associated with a slimmer waist in mothers years later, compared with shorter or no breastfeeding, new data show.
“Waist circumference…as a measure of central adiposity has been shown to be a superior proxy for assessing long-term risk of coronary artery diseasemortality, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and the metabolic syndrome, independent of BMI,” Gabrielle G. Snyder, MPH, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and colleagues note.
Thus, “breastfeeding duration may be important to consider when studying long-term maternal cardiovascular and metabolic health,” they conclude in their articlepublished online December 11 in the Journal of Women’s Health.
“We consistently detected that a threshold effect may exist,” they report, “for breastfeeding greater than 6 months.” The benefit remained after accounting for demographic, lifestyle, and socioeconomic factors.
J Womens Health. Published online December 11, 2018. Full text