Scientists led by Dr. Eleanor Schwarz of the University of Pittsburgh conducted a study among a group of 2,233 women ages 40 to 78 who breast-fed their newborns were half as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes 30 years later compared to mothers who used formula. Their explanation for this remarkable drop is that breast feeding can help new mothers drop pregnancy pounds, most of which around the abdomen area, with some belly fat having been shown to contribute to chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Perhaps this new information will change the practices of American women. The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that women exclusively breast-feed their babies for at least the first six months. Currently, only 14% of American women do so. To read more, click here.