Breastfeeding Helps Weight Loss
Breastfeeding is best for babies, and a new British study adds to growing evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well, even 30 years after she's given birth. The findings had shown that breastfeeding help mothers lose the weight when they gained during pregnancy.
Mommy weight loss
About 740,000 women average age 57 have participated in the Million Women Study between 1996 and 2001. Participants had reported how many children they bore, how long they breast fed, their BMI, and any other factors that may affect their weight, such as smoking or physical exercise.
The study discovered postmenopausal women who breastfed for at least six months had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who did not, regardless of how many children they had. The longer period women breastfed, the bigger benefits in terms of weight loss after pregnancy:
- Breastfeeding can lower BMI - means a direct link between BMD and breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding burns up to 500 calories per day - which is a conveniently way to burn calories
- BMI decreases by about 1 percent on average for every six months of breastfeeding - that is a long term weight loss
- 0.22 Drops in BMIs among the women in their 50s and early 60s - linked to thinness even decades later
BMI is a standard measurement calculated from a person's weight and height. BMD helps to determine if your body weight is within the normal range, or if you are overweighed. A healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. A BMI of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, and 30 or higher is obese.
Overweight and obesity are linked to a myriad of health complications including diabetes, heart diseases and forms of cancer. Encouraging women to breastfeed could be a way to fight obesity in the long time.
Breastfeeding has the bountiful benefits besides fighting the obesity. It regulates hormone levels and reduces risk of breast or ovarian cancer.
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