Study: Breastfeeding benefits new moms with MS; reduced risk of relapse
According to the findings of a study conducted by the researchers at Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente Northern California, adding to the numerous benefits of breastfeeding is the fact that breastfeeding lowers the risk of the post-pregnancy relapses of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Though women with MS decide against breastfeeding or usually stop it early so as to take medication for stemming the neurological disease, the study – posted online in the Archives of Neurology on Monday – suggests that new moms with MS, who breastfeed exclusively for at least two months, more often than not fare better in the first year after pregnancy in terms of reduced risk of MS relapse.
For the study, the researchers observed 32 pregnant women with MS and 29 corresponding-age healthy pregnant women. Researchers found that women with MS, reported lack of menstruation because of breast-feeding, which could be linked to a reduced risk of postpartum relapse.
Out of the women with MS not breastfeeding, 87 percent experienced an MS relapse within two months, as against 36 percent of breastfeeding women reporting an MS relapse during the same period.
Commenting on the advantages of breastfeeding for women with MS, the study’s author Dr. Annette Langer-Gould said: “The most important thing for patients and physicians to know is that there’s no evidence that breast-feeding is harmful for women with MS.”
source : topnews
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