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Breast-feeding longer than six months linked to smaller waist a decade later

Moms who breastfeed for at least six months may benefit from a smaller waist circumference a decade later, a new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health shows. (iStock)

(NEW YORK) — Moms who breast-feed for at least six months may benefit from a smaller waist circumference a decade later, a new study published in the Journal of Women’s Health shows.

Researchers followed 678 women over a span of seven to 15 years. Those who breast-fed their babies for six months or more saw their waist circumference shrink an extra 3.5 cm, compared to women who did not breast-feed their babies.

The women who breast-fed longer than six months were also more likely to have a smaller hip circumference, lower BMI and lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

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