Studies Endorse Breast Feeding To Stave Off Breast Cancer Among Women
It has been proven that breastfeeding and breast milk provide infants with irreplaceable physical and emotional nourishment. Latest studies have indicated that breast-feeding can in fact prove beneficial of mothers too!
Studies are coming out which are indicating that not just the baby but the mother also gains a lot if she nurses her baby.
One study in particular mentions that breastfeeding staves off a particular type of breast cancer among women.
Earlier studies have shown that mothers who nurse their babies exhibit lower risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding also keeps blood pressure under control.
The study also showed that breastfeeding also reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
One particular study was very enlightening. According to the study, breastfeeding may be responsible for resetting the metabolism post pregnancy, thus reducing the chances of gestational diabetes developing in to lifelong diabetes.
Such studies showing positive co-relation between breastfeeding and health of both baby and mothers have prompted health experts to demand paid maternity leave in USA.
According to an estimate, breastfeeding can save almost 5000 women from breast cancer and avoid 14000 heart attacks.
Breastfeeding is seen as a very simple and effective tool in the war against breast cancer.
A study delving in to implications of breastfeeding on cancer analyzed scores of studies with more than 40,000 cancer cases.
The study indicated that even a small period of breastfeeding reduces the risk of these stubborn tumors, which are more common in younger women and generally have a poorer prognosis than other subtypes of breast cancer.
These findings are very crucial for United States. On one hand, a battle is been fought to increase breastfeeding rates and on the other hand, another battle is on against breast cancer.
If breastfeeding rates are improved, not only babies will have better health, but mothers can also lower their risk of many debilitating diseases.
Dr. Marisa Weiss, one of the paper’s authors, said that pregnancy and lactation are important milestones in the breast’s decades-long journey to maturation.
Lactation triggers changes in milk duct cells that make the breast more resistant to cancer.
According to the doctor, the breast gland is immature and unable to produce milk until it the woman goes through full pregnancy. Breastfeeding forces the breasts to grow and make milk.
Some scientists are also inclined to believe that lactation is the fourth trimester of pregnancy that completes the reproductive cycle enhancing metabolic and cardiac health of a woman.
Pregnant women often develop pregnancy-induced diabetes. Such women are seven times more likely to develop diabetes after pregnancy. Breastfeeding improves glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity thus reducing chances of diabetes.
Researchers involved in the study selected 1,010 women who with gestational diabetes during their pregnancies and monitored them for two years after the birth.
The women came from different backgrounds. Thirty percent were of Asian and Hispanic origin each, about 9 percent were black and 25 percent were white.
Almost 12% of 959 women evaluated had developed Type 2 diabetes. Women who nursed has the risk of diabetes cut by 50%. The longer they breastfed, the lesser their risk became.
Studied showed that women who breastfed for more than 10 months cut their risk of a diabetes diagnosis by almost 60% in the two years they were followed up.
Out of 205 women who only breast-fed and used no formula for the first two months after delivery, only 17 (8%) developed diabetes, compared with 27 women (18%) of the 153 mothers who did not breast-feed and only used formula.
Breast-feeding also lowers risk of weight gain as fat deposits formed during pregnancy are mobilized to burn calories.
Now that studies have shown that breastfeeding can benefit in more ways than we can possibly imagine, it is time to make breastfeeding a normal and must-do activity for all moms!
Author: Marissa Claire
Hi, I am Marissa. I am a wife of a very supportive husband and mother 3 precious kids. Even though my life is not picture perfect, I have too many blessings to be counted. I am an ordinary mom who has been through some tough times.
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