Consistent lactation lowers maternal vascular risk

March 2010
Contemporary OB/GYN;Mar2010, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p22
Academic Journal
The article presents a study on the role of breastfeeding in the prevention of vascular disease in lactating mothers. Several women, 45 to 58 years old who were enrolled in an ancillary study to the Study of Women Across the Nation (SWAN) called Swan-Heart, were involved. It was speculated that the effects of lactation on prolactin and oxytocin may have positive effects on cardiovascular risk profiles as these hormones were associated with blood pressure, preclinical atherosclerosis and vascular resistance.


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