I never intended to breastfeed, did not think it was for me at all. But once I tried it, and loved it, and found that my babies loved it and benefited from it, it was only natural I tried to convince friends and relatives to do the same -- or to at least give it a shot! What many women and newbies don't realize is that for all the nutritional and health benefits there are for baby, there are just as many for mom. Here are 6 amazing benefits to breastfeeding that I love to tell my friends about. Hey, would you mind sharing this for me?
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Not just the awesome bond you'll form with your baby, but a vigorous cardiovascular system, lowering your risk of heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.
The greatest overall health benefits come after a year of breastfeeding: The odds of having high blood pressure drops by 12 percent; the odds of diabetes decreases by 20 percent; the rates of abnormal cholesterol levels go down by 19 percent; and the overall risk of cardiovascular disease falls by 9 percent, compared to women who never breastfeed.