Breastfeeding plays an important role in the development of babies. Breast milk remains the only natural and complete nutrition source for babies. Nothing can replace the nutritive properties of breast milk, no matter how many vitamins, minerals and supplements are added to the baby food and drinks. Breastfeeding has various benefits for baby as well to mom. A recent study claims that mothers with no breastfeeding experience are 1.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with type 2diabetes.
About the Study
Dr Eleanor Schwarz, from the University of Pittsburgh led the study on 2,233 women aged 40 to 78. Of those, 1,125 were mothers who breastfed for at least a month, 703 were mothers who never breastfed and rest 405 were not mothers.
Revelation of the Study
The findings suggested that
- Mothers who had never breastfed were nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes compared to women who had never given birth.
- Mothers who never breastfed were about 1.4 times as likely to develop diabetes compared to women who breastfed for one to three months.
The study further presented the breakdown of who developed diabetes in later life:
- 26.7% of mothers who didn’t breastfeed develop diabetes in later life
- 20.3% of mothers who breastfed, but not all children for a month or longer develop diabetes
- 17.5% of the women who hadn’t given birth develop diabetes
- 17% of the women who breastfed all their children for a month or longer develop diabetes.
The study was published in the American Journal of Medicine.
How breastfeeding reduces the risk of diabetes?
Breastfeeding helps mothers shed off pounds faster and lowers their risk of developing diabetes through improving the maternal glucose metabolism, increasing the body sensitivity to insulin and most importantly reducing belly fat, according to a study.
Previous studies have...
revealed various health benefits of breastfeeding to moms and babies-
Health Benefits to Babies Who Breastfeed
- Protection against gastroenteritis, necrotizing entercolitis
- Reduced risk of chronic constipation, colic, and other stomach upsets
- Reduced risk of childhood diabetes and obesity in a long run
- Protection against ear infections, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, septicemia (blood poisoning),
- Protection against allergies, asthma, eczema, and severity of allergic disease
- Reduced risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Statistics reveal that for every 87 deaths from SIDS, only 3 are breastfed.
- Protection against meningitis, botulism, childhood lymphoma, crohn’s disease and ulcerative entercolits
Health Benefits to Mothers Who Breastfeed
- Reduced risk of breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancers
- Reduced risk of anemia
- Protection against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life
- Reduced risk of mortality for women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been associated with total time of lactation
- Helps the mother’s body return to its pre-pregnancy state faster – promotes weight loss
- Helps delay return of fertility and to space subsequent pregnancies
Researchers said that the decreasing rate of breastfeeding in the western world may help explain the explosion in type 2 diabetes among middle-aged women. According to American Diabetic Association- 11.5 million or 10.2% of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes well! Breastfeeding is a feeling of bliss. This is one of the best cares you can provide to your child for his/her healthy future.