We have discussed at length how breastfeeding benefits our babies, but what about the knock-on effects on us mums?
Two new studies from the US have proven just how beneficial breastfeeding is for new mothers, and these are results that you will definitely want to be aware of.
According to the studies, breastfeeding can not only protect women from a particularly aggressive form of cancer, but it may also act as a ‘reset’ button on our post-pregnancy metabolism.
The expert team analysed studies covering almost 40,000 cancer cases in women from around the world. Published in the Annals of Oncology, the results have described breastfeeding as a “win-win” for mothers and their children.
It was found that breastfeeding cut down a woman’s risk of developing hormone receptor negative tumours – one of the most aggressive forms of cancer – by a staggering 20%.
Breastfeeding was also discovered to significantly shape the period directly after welcoming Baby – commonly referred to now as ‘the fourth trimester’. The study showed that the long-term metabolic rate can be restored through breastfeeding. Furthermore, women who experienced gestational diabetes were found to be less susceptible to developing Type 2 diabetes on a more permanent basis, going forward.
Commenting on the significance of this week’s findings, Dr Eleanor Bimla Schwarz of the University of California said: “This is a win-win – it’s good for the baby, too. For all the women who want to do something to reduce breast cancer, this is doable. We need to make sure that’s part of the debate.”