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Breastfeeding Cuts Moms Risk of Diabetes

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New research from the University of Pittsburgh is showing that breastfeeding for at least a month cuts a mom’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.  Here’s the link to the study in the American Journal of Medicine.  And now a blurb from a Reuters article:

Previous research demonstrated health benefits to moms who breastfed as long as six months or a year. The Pennsylvania results suggest that even a month of breastfeeding can have positive, lasting effects.

“What we found that was somewhat surprising was the pretty dramatic benefits for moms who breastfed as short as a month after the birth of their child,” the lead author, Dr. Eleanor Schwarz of the University of Pittsburgh, told Reuters Health.

In type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin that the body needs to turn food into energy. An estimated 10 percent of American women have it.



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