Researchers find breastfeeding can reduce women’s risk of metabolic syndrome

Researchers from Hallym University's College of Medicine in Seoul Korea found in a new study that women who breastfeed longer during their lifetimes may be able to lower their risk of metabolic syndrome and other disorders.

The study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, examined more than 4,700 Korean women aged 19-50 years.

Results showed that women who breastfed for 12 months or longer had a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome and elevated blood pressure, glucose and triglyceride levels.

"The advantageous effects of breastfeeding for newborns and babies are well established, and this study, which suggests that breastfeeding may protect the mother against metabolic syndrome, further adds to the evidence base supporting the benefits of breastfeeding for maternal health," said Susan G. Kornstein, MD, editor-in-chief of Journal of Women's Health and president of the Academy of Women's Health, in a statement.

Other authors include Se Run Choi, Yong Min Kim, Min Su Cho, So Hyum Kim and Young Suk Shim.