Women who breast-feed are far more likely to aggressively protect their infants and themselves than women who bottle-feed their babies, claim researchers.
Female grizzly bears are known for their especially aggressive behaviour when protecting their young.
Now a study has found that when breast-feeding women behave aggressively, they register a lower blood pressure than other women.
Researchers say the results suggest that breast-feeding can help dampen the body’s typical stress response to fear, giving women the extra courage they need to defend themselves.
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, a postdoctoral fellow in the UCLA Department of Psychology in the U.S. and the study’s lead author, said: ‘Breast-feeding has many benefits for a baby’s health and immunity, but it seems to also have a little-known benefit for the mother.
‘It may be providing mothers with a buffer against the many stressors new mums face while at the same time, giving mothers an extra burst of courage if they need to defend themselves or their child.’
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