The latest research shows women are happier when breastfeeding than when they are breastfeeding alone.
It found women who breastfed had lower stress levels, less anxiety and higher levels of self-esteem, compared to those who breast fed alone.
The findings, from the Centre for Research on Women and Families, will be presented in a symposium at the American Society of Clinical Childbirth.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at the effect of breastfeeding and motherhood on breastfeeding outcomes, from breast development to breastfeeding outcomes over time.
More from the article: A large cross-sectional study looked at breastfeeding and child-rearing outcomes in US children and women, from 1 to 49 years old, using the American Child Development and Family Study (ACDSF).
The researchers found that breastfeeding was associated with lower rates of maternal depression and lower levels of anxiety, compared with breastfeeding alone in those who were older.
They also found breastfeeding was related to lower levels and fewer health problems for women.
However, in a second study, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, compared the outcomes of more than 4,000 US mothers and their children who were breastfeeding to those of breastfeeding mothers who were not.
They found breastfeeding led to lower rates and more favorable health outcomes for both mothers and children.
Overall, the study showed breastfeeding was beneficial for both mother and child, but breastfeeding was better for mothers than for children.
The researchers concluded that the evidence indicates that breastfeeding is associated with health benefits and benefits for both children and mothers.
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