Researchers found that women who breastfeed for a month or longer are less likely to develop diabetes later in life. According to Dr. Schwartz from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the risk for developing diabetes is almost doubled in mothers who have never breastfed.
It well known that infants benefit tremendously from breastfeeding. Among many other benefits, breast milk provides perfect nutrition for the baby’s fragile gastrointestinal tract. The milk is also an abundant source of antibodies that strengthen the baby’s immune system. A recent study indicates that breastfeeding may also be beneficial to mothers
The reason for this correlation appears to be the mother’s ability to lose weight more rapidly and effectively after pregnancy. As part of a normal physiological course, most women gain abdominal fat during pregnancy. However, retaining this fat buildup for a prolonged period of time after the pregnancy can lead to a series of medical complications. Abdominal fat has been linked to heart disease, metabolic disorders, and diabetes.
According to the study in question, breastfeeding appears to be very effective in reducing post partum abdominal fat and the risk of developing diabetes after the pregnancy. If you are an expecting mother, consider breastfeeding. It is extremely beneficial to you and your newborn.
Contributing Author: Jon Stefanuca