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Women who breastfeed are more protected against Alzheimer’s, study says

New research by the University of California (UCLA), published in the scientific journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, found that women over the age of 50 who breastfed are less at risk of developing cognitive problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the study, the act of breastfeeding has a positive impact on the brain performance of postmenopausal women. Scientists also claim that a longer period of breastfeeding also means better results.

Among the reasons, researchers cite that breastfeeding helps regulate stress, promotes bonding with the baby, and decreases the risk of postpartum depression.

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Source: Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (2021)