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New evidence that breastfeeding reduces the risk of CVD in women. There is already strong evidence that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes in women. Now, a meta-analysis in the January 18 Journal of the American Heart Association including data on over 1 million women has found that breastfeeding is also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Compared with parous women who never breastfed, the study found that women who breastfed were 11% less likely to experience a CVD event, 14% less likely to have coronary heart disease, 12% less likely to have a stroke, and 17% less likely to die from a CVD event. Also, the longer a woman breastfed up to 12 months, the greater the risk reduction. The authors note that efforts to promote breastfeeding need to include communication about the health benefits for mothers.