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Breastfeeding could help mothers lower their risk of a stroke, a new study has found.

While breastfeeding has many proven benefits for babies, fewer were associated with the mother’s health.

This new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, says stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among women aged 65 and older.

The positive benefits for mothers was found to be even greater in those who breastfed for longer than six months and for black women.

Lots of previous studies have found that breastfeeding may reduce rates of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in mothers.

More recent studies have also found benefits of breastfeeding associated with heart disease and specific cardiovascular risk factors.

This study, carried out at University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, is one of the first to look at stroke associations with breastfeeding mothers.

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