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Does breastfeeding prevent moms’ heart disease and strokes?

A new study finds that breastfeeding may cut a mother's risk of heart disease and strokes, but the evidence for a causal link is weak.

Gut Check is a periodic look at health claims made by studies, newsmakers, or conventional wisdom. We ask: Should you believe this?

The claim:

Breastfeeding may reduce a mother’s chances of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke by about 10 percent, says a study published on Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Tell me more:

Lots of research has shown that being breastfed is good for a baby’s immune system. As for mom, lactation can postpone when she resumes ovulating and reduce her risk of

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