The benefits of breastfeeding to both mom and baby have been well establish for some time. Benefits to the baby include improved immunity, decreased risk of obesity later in life, and higher IQ. Well established benefits to mom include faster recovery from labor (including weight loss and uterus returning back to pre-pregnancy size), bonding with baby, and reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer. But, a new study adds solid evidence for another benefit to mom, reduced risk of type II diabetes later on.
This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles related to the recent study that demonstrates additional benefits of breast feeding to mothers.
Breast is Best! Breastfeeding Found to Reduce Risk of Diabetes. Modvive. “As far as mom is concerned, breastfeeding has been found in some studies to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. An added benefit for new mothers is that, as breastfeeding burns calories, it may help new mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight. In a recent study, researchers investigated the link between breastfeeding and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”
New Studies Show How Moms Also Benefit From Breast-Feeding. ABC News. “One study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine studied 1,035 women who had developed gestational diabetes while pregnant. The condition is associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes post pregnancy. The women in the study, however, were up to 50 percent less likely to develop diabetes later on if they breast-fed their child.”
Benefits Of Breastfeeding Are Not Limited To The Baby; It May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk In Some Mothers, Too. Medical Daily. “"These findings highlight the importance of prioritizing breastfeeding education and support for women with gestational diabetes as part of early diabetes prevention efforts by health care systems," said lead author Dr. Erica Gunderson in a statement. According to Gunderson, both the level of intensity and the duration of breastfeeding could offer unique benefits to protect women against type 2 diabetes following gestational diabetes.”
Two more reasons to breastfeed: It may reduce moms’ cancer and diabetes risk. The Washington Post. “Most of the focus on the benefits to mothers has been on psychological effects such as strengthening the maternal bond. But a growing number of new studies provide evidence that breastfeeding may have a strong physical effect as well by cutting the women's risk of diabetes and cancer.”