The study conducted by researchers from The University of Western Sydney (UWS), found that women who breastfeed carry a nine percent lesser chance of having high blood pressure than women who never had children.
"Hopefully this research will add to the discussion between women and their physicians and midwives," Dr Joanne Lind, from UWS School of Medicine. "Whenever possible, women should be encouraged to breastfeed as long as possible as the protective effect of breastfeeding increases with the length of time breastfeeding."
This is the first study of its kind to show the connection between breastfeeding and its protective effect on blood pressure.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a guideline to women recommending breastfeeding for a minimum of six months per child.