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Breastfeeding protects against diabetes

Far from closing your list of benefits, scientific literature continues revealing and confirming advantages of breastfeeding, for both mother and baby. One of the latest studies associated with this way of eating little more advanced and now new research suggests that breastfeeding protects the parent and child cognitive development of diabetes. This has been exposed by several experts at the World Diabetes Congress being held in Vancouver (Canada).

A group of experts has studied the cases of 334 553 children over a period of 24 years (between 1987 and 2011) in the region of Manitoba. After analyzing them, they found that 68% of women were breast-feeding their young as a form of exclusive or mixed feeding. This habit was associated with 18% lower risk of diabetes among mothers.

This protective effect also extends to their children, in another 18% was observed less likely to have type 2 diabetes, however, note that there are other elements determining factors for developing this disease, and the fact that the mother has gone through a diabetes or hypertension during pregnancy, maternal age when giving birth and birth weight of children. Previous studies already advanced that children who have not been breastfed for the first six months were at increased risk of diabetes. There is an immune factor in diabetes. Through breastfeeding, the mother gives to the child many inmonoglobulins and defenses that protect from autoimmune diseases such as allergies and diabetes.

The authors stress that this benefit is one more reason to promote breastfeeding among the population. Breastfeeding is high (66%) in the first month, after three months it is reduced to 53.6% and six months to 28%.

As the World Health Organization (WHO) stresses that breast milk is ideal food. It promotes sensory and cognitive development and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases, reduces child mortality by childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia and promotes a speedy recovery in case of illness.  Besides, WHO reports that breastfeeding reduces the risk of ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia or urinary infections.

Breastfeeding contributes to the health and welfare of the mother, birth spacing helps reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer, increases family resources and the country is a safe way supply and is safe for the environment, reports WHO.

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