Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen in Germany have found that breastfeeding for more than three months post-partum significantly reduces the risk of mothers developing type 2 diabetes. The research was published in the journal, Diabetologia.
But, this is not the only way breastfeeding benefits mothers, here is the list of five other benefits:
Reduces risk of breast cancer: According to researchers, women who breastfeed reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 25 percent.
Favours better healing post delivery : The oxytocin released when your baby nurses helps your uterus contract, reducing postdelivery blood loss.
Reduces risk of uterine and ovarian cancer: Estrogen levels are lower during lactation. It is thought that the less estrogen available to stimulate the lining of the uterus and perhaps breast tissue also, the less the risk of these tissues becoming cancerous.
Reduces risk of rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease: Some studies have found that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Can work as a birth control measure: Breastfeeding can be 98 percent to 99 percent effective as a post-baby birth control option if a few guidelines are followed: Your period must not have resumed; you must breastfeed at least every four hours around the clock; you must not give your baby any pacifiers, bottles or formula; and you must be less than six months postpartum.