Breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories a day, according to a recent New York State Department of Health campaign.
As per the campaign and a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine, this weight-loss boost can translate into other health benefits including a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The New York DOH launched the 1.6 million dollars public health education campaign last week to educate new mothers on the health benefits of breast-feeding, reports the New York Daily News.
At least 75 pc of babies today are breast-fed for some period of time compared with 60 pc 15 years ago, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
While the physicians behind the campaign say new mothers should continue to breast-feed for a year or longer, many choose not to nurse beyond six months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.