Yep, it's me, writing about the benefits of breastfeeding yet again ... well, kind of.
We all know that breastfeeding is nature's way of healing your body after pregnancy. The longer you breastfeed, the lower your risks of ovarian, uterine, cervical, and breast cancers -- even rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, blah blah blah. The list goes on forever.
I wanted to title this post something like "When It Comes to Breastfeeding 'Some Is Better Than None' Applies to Your Health, Too," but that was really long and bulky and didn't fit my guidelines.
Maybe I can call this: "Formula Feeding Gives Mom Diabetes" ... okay, okay. That's not quite accurate and is kinda sensationalist.
Let's just stick with this fact ...
Breastfeeding significantly lowers your risk of having Type 2 diabetes. Even just a little bit of breastfeeding.
A study examined and questioned over 2,000 women from California (around 400 were not mothers), and asked them about their physical activity, births and pregnancies if any, hysterectomies, how they fed their babies, smoking and alcohol history, and their shoe size. Okay, maybe not the last one. The American Journal of Medicine details the study even more.
The results found that 27 percent of the moms who only formula fed had Type 2 diabetes.
Compare that to women who breastfed for just one to six months at 19 percent, and women who nursed more than six months at 16 percent. Just one month of breastfeeding significantly lowers your risk. One month! Surprising and great news since a lot of previously mentioned benefits aren't measurable with less than six months of breastfeeding.
They also discovered that rate in moms who formula fed was higher than women who never had children.
Yikes, wait, what? Your risk of Type 2 diabetes is twice as high if you formula feed than if you've never had children at all, regardless of BMI or how physically active you were later in life. Why does this happen?
Maybe that title up there about formula feeding is a little more accurate than I thought. Breastfeeding shrinks the uterus back down, which helps prevent complications. I think it's obvious that the calories breastfeeding burns probably are helping moms lose the extra fat that were only biologically necessary during pregnancy, right?
They also mention that women who nursed for less than a month at least reduced their risk back to comparable levels with the women who had never had children. Just one month negates the increased risk.
Even if you choose to formula feed, it's worth it not only to your baby but to yourself to nurse some -- even just one month if you can (and it doesn't say exclusively!). It can significantly lower your chance of Type 2 diabetes, and of course, your baby's as well.
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