New research shows that mothers who breastfeed cut their chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in HALF! Researchers in South China examined mothers who took birth control pills and asked them about history with breastfeeding. They found that mothers who breastfed were less likely to have RA, and the protective effect was even greater for moms who breastfed over a longer period of time (for example, 2 yrs. vs. 6 mos.). In other words, the effect is what researchers call “dose responsive.” Taking birth control pills did not make a difference.
This is a wonderful way that women with high risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis can be proactive and reduce their risk significantly. …and its just another wonderful protective effect breastfeeding provides to mothers in general.
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