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Study says breastfeeding can ward off postpartum depression

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have suggested the women who experience breastfeeding to their baby could benefit lower risk of post-natal depression.

 

The study of nearly 1400 mothers indicated that among those ones who started to breastfeed their kids there was a 50% reduction in the risk of postpartum depression.

Breastfeeding can help to relax mothers and reduce stress, so it might play a part in preventing mental health issues developing, according to the study published in the journal Maternal and Child Health.

Earlier studies also demonstrated that mothers who breastfeed their babies at least for 6 months were at lower risk of becoming obese when they got older.

Breastfeeding also plays significant role in brain development in infants while it has been associated with better cognitive outcomes in older adolescents and adults. 

 

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