When talking about the importance of breast milk for babies says not only because it is what a baby needs for normal development, but also because it is what the body of a mother giving birth to wait for your health does not suffer.
We know, among other things, that mothers who do not breastfeed are at increased risk of developing breast cancer and we know that they have a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. Now, we also know that they have twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
We know this from a recent study in China in which, knowing that hormonal and reproductive factors are related to rheumatoid arthritis, had wanted to know what influence the use of oral contraceptives and history of breastfeeding in the prevalence of the disease.
Data from the study
To make the study used a sample of 7,349 women under 50 years who made a series of questionnaires to obtain demographic profile, make lifestyle and data obstetric history, including parity, if they had taken oral contraceptives and whether they had breastfed. All data were crossed with the diagnoses of rheumatoid arthritis, also looking for women to know what the state of inflammation in your joints was.
The researchers found that women who had breastfed had half the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those who had not done so . The risk was lower the greater the duration of breastfeeding, to the point that those who had done so for more than 36 months had almost half the risk (on average) for the disease than those who had breastfed less time.
Referring to oral contraceptives, noted that, although also alter the hormonal system of women use not altered the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis.
Conclusions of the study
Investigators did not comment when trying to give a biological explanation as to why not breast increases both the likelihood of having arthritis, but stated that the results obtained should be taken into account, especially now that rates breastfeeding are declining in the country and considering the one-child policy holding that breastfeeding makes women even less than if they had more children.
Bringing the study to our country, for more of the same. Lack of aid to the population is causing birth rates decline and increasingly couples have fewer children. It is true that breastfeeding rates are increasing, but are still the minority coming to breastfeed their babies over six months, although the recommendation is to do at least two years.
This makes clear the importance of ensuring that women are well informed of the risks to your health and your baby will not breastfeed and, almost more importantly, getting that health professionals are well trained to help mothers who want to breastfeed get . Do not forget that according to polls 93% of women leaving lactation have not rather done.