To prove their hypothesis, researchers examined the relationship between breastfeeding history and the occurrence of high blood pressure in 74,785 Australian women. These participants belonged to the age group 45 years and older. Researchers worked on data taken from the 45 and Up Study. This is a large scale study of healthy aging involving over 260,000 men and women in NSW. Breastfeeding Lowers Risk of Mothers Developing High Blood Pressure via BabbleOh my. Science at its best...cough cough? Or science writing at its best? Let's hope the researchers set out to test rather than to prove their hypothesis. But from what I've learned thus far, it's a little bit of both.
In any event, let's think about the women here aged 45 and "up" - some several decades older than 45. How rare do you think it was for those older women to breastfeed back 30, 40, 50 years ago? Do you think they might have been more health-minded than their peers? Me thinks these are not your average semi-sedentary coffee and donut seniors.
Thank you Babble for keeping us informed about the benefits of breastfeeding. In next week's news... how breastfeeding can make you live 10 years longer, have better sex and earn more money.