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Breastfeeding and Impact on Cardiovascular Disease

August 15, 2019


Researchers have long touted the many benefits of breastfeeding for moms and babies. Thanks to continued research and the results of another recent study, there may be another benefit to add to the list.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) reported that there may be a link between breastfeeding and a lower risk of heart disease.1 The study found that women who breastfeed had a 14 percent lower risk of developing and 34 percent lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is a term that can be used to refer to a number of conditions involving the cardiovascular system (the heart and circulatory system). Cardiovascular disease can include heart attack, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmia and heart valve problems.2

How Breastfeeding May Lower the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

In the JAHA study, researchers found that women who were 45 years of age or older and who had breastfed had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease hospitalization and cardiovascular disease mortality.1 This suggest that among childbearing women, breastfeeding may offer long-term cardiovascular health benefits.1 However, it should be noted that the research did have some limitations.

The authors of the study acknowledged that mothers who have breastfed may generally lead healthier lifestyles and come from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. Nevertheless, researchers discovered that the findings of the study were not altered when adjustments were made for these lifestyle and socioeconomic factors.1

There are multiple theories that seek to explain the link between breastfeeding and cardiovascular benefits for the mother. But for the most part, the specific reasons have yet to be determined. One such theory attributes cardiovascular health to the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes blood vessels and may, in turn, lower blood pressure.3-4 However, more research is needed in this area.

Supporting Your Health and Nutrition Needs While Breastfeeding

As an expecting mother, you must maintain your body’s store of nutrients for you and your baby. During pregnancy, the baby receives nutrients through the placenta and umbilical cord. After giving birth, many of the nutrients you consume go to your baby through your breastmilk (for women who choose to breastfeed). Women who do not have enough nutrients stored in their bodies could be at higher risk of experiencing nutrient deficiencies during and after pregnancy.5

Nutrition is an important part of overall health and well-being at every stage of your maternal journey. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin can help you meet nutritional goals, from pregnancy to breastfeeding and beyond. Prenate® Restore from the Prenate® Vitamin Family helps support lactation with probiotics and 400 mg DHA. What makes this vitamin unique is that it is designed to not only meet the needs of breastfeeding moms but is also appropriate to take during pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about whether a prescription prenatal vitamin from the Prenate® Vitamin Family may be right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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