And yet another major reason for all the new moms out there to stick with breastfeeding as the main nutrient source for their infants. Breastfeeding is a super power for infants, many studies linking breast feeding to higher eventual intelligence in kids. It is a wealth of nutrients and even protects babies from stomach and ear infections. Breastfeeding, plain and simple, is awesome.
But now it may be even more awesome and this time, for the moms who partake. Of course, breastfeeding can mean a deeper maternal bond, but did you know it might also reduce a mother’s cancer and diabetes risk? According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, this very well could be the case. Researchers studied 1035 women who had delivered one child and also developed gestational diabetes. The study shows that those who breastfed were 50 percent less likely to develop diabetes.
Results: Of 1010 women without diabetes at baseline, 959 (95%) were evaluated up to 2 years later; 113 (11.8%) developed incident DM. There were graded inverse associations for lactation intensity at baseline with incident DM and adjusted hazard ratios of 0.64, 0.54, and 0.46 for mostly formula or mixed/inconsistent, mostly lactation, and exclusive lactation versus exclusive formula feeding, respectively (P trend = 0.016). Time-dependent lactation duration showed graded inverse associations with incident DM and adjusted hazard ratios of 0.55, 0.50, and 0.43 for greater than 2 to 5 months, greater than 5 to 10 months, and greater than 10 months, respectively, versus 0 to 2 months (P trend = 0.007). Weight change slightly attenuated hazard ratios.
Limitation: Randomized design is not feasible or desirable for clinical studies of lactation.
Conclusion: Higher lactation intensity and longer duration were independently associated with lower 2-year incidences of DM after GDM pregnancy. Lactation may prevent DM after GDM delivery.
Another study back in October showed similar results with an aggressive type of cancer know as hormone receptive negative tumors. The reduction was 20%.
Another study published in the Annals of Oncology in October involved an analysis of 37,000 cases of women with breast cancer and found evidence suggesting that those who breastfeed may reduce an aggressive type of cancer called hormone receptive negative tumors by 20 percent. Previous research has shown that breastfeeding may also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and the evidence of breastfeeding’s protective effects is growing. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that”each year of breast-feeding has been calculated to result in a 4.3 percent reduction in breast cancer.”
So keep up the breastfeeding ladies, it is actually working for your benefit also!
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