Does Breastfeeding Keep Women Thinner?

A new study has found that breastfeeding–even for just six months–not only can help new mothers lose weight after giving birth, but it can also help women keep weight off for decades.  From MSNBC.com:

Researchers found that women who had children tended to have higher body mass indexes later in life than did women with no children; however, the researchers were able to associate every six months of breast-feeding  with a 0.22 drop in BMIs among the women in their 50s and early 60s.

This translates to a 1 percent drop in BMIs for every six months of breast-feeding, the researchers said.

“We already know breast-feeding is best for babies, and this study adds to a growing body of evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well, even 30 years after she’s given birth,” said study researcher Dr. Kirsty Bobrow, a researcher at the University of Oxford.

Image: Mother breastfeeding newborn, via Shutterstock.

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  2. by Stacey

    On July 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    The study says that it can help, not that it will. I was very disappointed when I did not lose the baby weight until after I stopped breastfeeding. What effect will breastfeeding have on my 50-year-old self? I don’t know. It may have none. Still, I have breastfed both of my daughters for six months, and I plan to do the same with baby #3 when she arrives in October.

  3. by omowumi

    On July 17, 2012 at 6:06 am

    i tnk d theory is true.even if u eat a whole house.when i had my first child 2yrs ago,after 6 to7months iwas wondering smtn strenge abt me u knw getn more thinner.i visited a doctor then who explain d whole process to me.now,having a 2nd child i dnt nd to b scared.