Breastfeeding Mothers More Protected from Diabetes & Breast Cancer Risk

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Breastfeeding activity in mothers after childbirth cannot be underestimated. Recent studies have found that breastfeeding mothers are more likely to avoid diabetes and cancer disease. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine report, breastfeeding makes the mother’s body has increased metabolism and insulin sensitivity.

From that increase, absorption of glucose into the blood cells is increased, and a decrease in the risk of diabetes. Even also found that women who breastfeed with high intensity have a low risk of type 2 diabetes for up to two years postpartum. The study involved 1.035 women participants who experienced gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

Meanwhile, according to a study published in the Annals of Oncology mention, breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk to experience some types of breast cancer. In this study, researchers analyzed 27 medical studies to look at the possibility of breastfeeding mothers exposed to various types of breast cancer.

“We found that women who breastfeed have a risk 20 percent lower to develop breast cancer ‘triple negative’, a form of cancer that does not have a common hormone marker, such as estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2),” said author of the study, as quoted from Detik Health.

Revealed by Dr. Marjorie Greenfield, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, the study can provide information for women to choose a decision for women with obesity and gestational diabetes during pregnancy. In addition, women who give birth should also be given support to breastfeeding her child.

In a report of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), if the mother wants to breastfeed her child in the long term, then one year of breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer up to 4.3 percent. In addition, duration of breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months of the beginning of birth (exclusive breastfeeding), should not be abandoned.


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