Blood Pressure

Maternal health research

Research on the links between breastfeeding and hypertension.

Impact of lactation on the incidence of maternal hypertension

This study of 55,636 parous women in the US found that never or curtailed breastfeeding  was associated with an increased risk of incident maternal hypertension in a large cohort of parous women, independent of BMI.

Steube AM, Schwarz EB, Grewen K et al (2011) Duration of Lactation and Incidence of Maternal Hypertension: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. Am. J. Epidemiol. published 12 October 2011, 10.1093/aje/kwr227

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