5 Healthy Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mom
Breastfeeding is an act of love that also protects the mother from the risk of having 5 diseases, In addition to all the health benefits of the baby and the tightening of the bond between mother and child, still has many advantages for lactating women. The act of breastfeeding helps in postpartum weight loss, lowers cholesterol levels, and protects the mother from the risk of having five diseases. See what:
- Cardiac Diseases
The Breastfeeding reduces the risk of heart disease by up to 18%. According to a study by the Oxford University in England and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in China, every six months or more of breastfeeding are associated with a 4% lower risk of developing heart disease and 3% less suffering from stroke.
Breastfeeding can prevent strokes and the development of heart disease even a decade after giving birth. The researchers tracked about 290,000 women for eight years. The results showed that those who had breastfed had a 9% lower risk of developing heart disease and 8% less having strokes.
In addition, the benefits have increased according to the time of breastfeeding. That is, those who breastfed their children for up to two years or more decreased their probability of heart disease by up to 18% and spills by 17%.
Researchers at Harvard University in the United States, led by scientist Melissa Bartick, claim that about 53,000 cases of hypertension could be prevented if the rate of women breastfeeding their children up to one year old rose. According to the researchers, breastfeeding for more than a year may still reduce the risk of high blood pressure by about 12%.
According to Dr. Manjula Anagani – Gynaecologist in Hyderabad, The women who breastfeed for more than a year are 10 percent less likely to suffer health problems than those who have never breastfed. The act of breastfeeding for more than a year can still reduce the risks of mothers suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol by about 20%.
Exclusive breastfeeding, which occurs when the baby is fed only breast milk, is also significantly associated with a decreased risk of endometriosis and ovarian and endometrial cancer.
Women who breastfed their children for more than three years throughout their reproductive life were 40% less likely to develop endometriosis than those who never breastfed. In addition, it was found that only three months of lactation per gestation, exclusive or not, reduced the risk of having the disease by 8%. The same exclusive breastfeeding period increases a woman’s resistance by 14%.
The researchers’ explanation for the decreased risk of endometriosis in relation to time and form of breastfeeding are hormonal changes. Breastfeeding temporarily interrupts the menstrual cycle and alters the release of hormones, such as oxytocin and estrogen, which contribute to the development of the disease.
- Breast Cancer
Melissa Bartick, a scientist at Harvard University in the United States, says five thousand cases of breast cancer could be prevented if more women breastfed their children until they were one year old. The risk is even lower when the first pregnancy occurs before 30 years.
The mammary gland reaches its peak of maturity in gestation until the baby’s birth. “If this happens before the age of 30, the woman is prevented from genetic mutations and cell divisions that can lead to tumors related to breast cancer,” explains mastologist Afonso Celso Pinto Nazário.
When it reaches its peak of maturity during the lactation with the still young cells, the chances of a genetic mutation happening are smaller.