Small Maternal Waist Circumference for Breastfeeding Greater than 6 Months

Women who breastfeed for longer than 6 months had a smaller waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) compared with women who have not breastfed or have breastfed for a shorter duration, according to the results of a recent study.

Of the 676 women analyzed,


breastfed for more than 6 months


breastfed between 3 to 6 months

38.2 %

Did not breastfeed following pregnancy


breastfed between 0 to 3 months

At the follow-up visit (about 11 years postdelivery), women who breastfed longer 6 months had:

  • lower BMI;
  • lower blood pressure; and
  • and smaller waist and hip circumference


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