Breastfeeding can help protect mothers from developing high blood pressure (BP) in the long run, suggests a new study. High…
Breastfeeding can help protect mothers from developing high blood pressure (BP) in the long run, suggests a new study. High blood pressure or high blood pressure is a condition where blood’s power against the arterial walls is too high. It is known that hypertension is relatively common during pregnancy. Breastfeeding may be a means of alleviating pregnancy-related vascular risk factors including chronic hypertension, ocular hypertension and preeclampsi.
Researchers Eliana Bonifacino from Montefiore Hospital, Pennsylvania, USA, showed that breastfeeding for as short as one to four months can reduce the risk of high BP in breastfeeding mothers, as well as protect them over an extended follow up of years up to decades.
For the study, the team reviewed 1
5 studies that had long-term follow-up. 67 percent of those evaluated for elevated blood pressure – and 100 percent of studies evaluated for a result of hypertension – showed a protective association with lactation, the researchers reported in the newspaper published in the Breastfeeding Medicine newspaper.
“It is once again confirmed that breastfeeding gives great health benefits not only to the child, but also to the nurse,” said Arthur I. Eidelman, chief editor of breastfeeding medicine.
Previous studies have shown that breastfeeding is protective against many risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Many women are often exposed to breast milk production problems. Foods and herbs that promote lactation in new mothers are called galactogogs. Dr. Veena Aurangabadwala, gynecologist, Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Chembur lists some of them for us.
1. Dill Leaves: Dillblad is a very good galactogogue, commonly known as Shepu (in Marathi) or Suva (in Hindi). In addition to its special taste, it also helps in digestion.
2. Fenugreek: Popularly known as Methi (in Hindi), both its seeds and leaves are extremely useful for improving breast milk production.
3. Spinach: It is an excellent source of iron. Iron helps restore energy and combats anemia and weakness. Spinach should be cooked well before consumption, especially during the monsoon, to avoid waterborne infections.
4. Fennel: Fennel or fennel seeds also help lactation because they have estrogenic properties. In addition to being fiber rich, it is also loaded with potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrients.
5. Nuts: They are an excellent source of serotonin, which contributes to increased breastfeeding. They are packed with vitamins and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
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