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Breastfeeding Lowers Multiple Sclerosis Relapses

September 1st, 2015

It’s fairly well-known that breastfeeding has been proven to be more nutritional for babies than formula and now studies show that nursing mothers can also find their own benefits. Specifically in those that have the intention of breastfeeding their children for two months. They have been observed to have a lower risk of relapse during the first six months following their delivery in comparison to those who did not.

20 to 30 percent of women with MS experience a type of relapse three months following giving birth, making this recent experiment somewhat of a controversial one.

The researchers from the most recent study analyzed data from 201 pregnant women with MS which was collected from 2008 to 2012 with a one-year postpartum follow-up. The comparison was done with those that had exclusively breastfed meals with supplemental feedings for at least two months (120 women) and those that had done either partial (42 women) or no breastfeeding (39 women).

31 women that did not breastfeed experienced MS relapse within the first six months after giving birth in comparison to the 29 women (out of 120) who breastfed exclusively for at least two months.

It is believed by the researchers that conducted the study that exclusively breastfeeding may be much better for women who suffer from MS. The authors of the study encourage that women with MS should be supported if they choose to exclusively breastfeed, as it clearly doesn’t increase their risk of postpartum relapse.

Breastfeeding Lowers Multiple Sclerosis Relapses - Tue September 01, 2015 2:16 PM