Breastfeeding could help protect mothers from hypertension in the long term, suggests a new study. High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the arterial walls is too high. It is known that hypertension is relatively common in pregnancy. Breastfeeding may be a means of attenuating pregnancy-related vascular risk factors, including chronic hypertension, pregnancy hypertension and pre-eclampsia.
Researchers Eliana Bonifacino from the Montefiore Hospital in Pennsylvania, USA, showed that breast feeding for just one to four months can lower the risk of high BP in nursing mothers and protect them from years to decades of extended follow-up.
For the study, the team reviewed 1
"It is once again confirmed that breastfeeding offers great health benefits not only to the infant, but also to the nursing mother," said Arthur I. Eidelman, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Previous studies have shown that lactation protects against many risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
Many women often have problems with breast milk production. Foods and herbs that promote lactation in new mothers are called galactogogues. Dr. Veena Aurangabadwala, gynecologist, Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Chemburn lists some of them for us
1. Dill Leaves: Dill Leaf is a very good galactogogue, more colloquially than Shepu (in Marathi ) or Suva (in Hindi). In addition to its special taste, it also helps with digestion.
2. Fenugreek: Popularly known as Methi (in Hindi), both its seeds and its leaves are extremely useful for improving breast milk production.
3. Spinach: It is an excellent source of iron. Iron helps restore energy and fight anemia and weakness. Spinach should be cooked well before consumption, especially during monsoons, to avoid any water-related infections.
4. Fennel: Fennel or fennel seeds also help with lactation, as they have estrogenic properties. In addition to being high in fiber, it is also loaded with potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrients.
5. Nuts: They are an excellent source of serotonin, which helps in increasing lactation. They are packed with vitamins and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Disclaimer: This content contains only general information. It is not a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own physician for more information. NDTV assumes no responsibility for this information.