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Breastfeeding…a gift of life!

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           We have heard of the amazing benefits of breastfeeding for the baby (lower risk of ear infections, stomach problems, respiratory illnesses, asthma, skin allergies, diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).…

…But did you know that new studies are finding breast-feeding can help protect the mom’s from heart disease and diabetes (not to mention it appears to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression for mom’s)

 What a win win situation! What an amazing gift for you and your babe…

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Breast-feeding, even for just a couple of months, can significantly lower a woman’s risk of  a dangerous cluster of heart disease risk factors — years later, reports a new study appearing online Dec. 3 in the journal Diabetes.

In women who didn’t have pregnancy-related (gestational) diabetes, breast-feeding between one and five months lowered a woman’s risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 39 percent, while breast-feeding for the same duration lowered the risk of the syndrome by 44 percent in women with gestational diabetes. breast-feeding helps with the metabolism of blood sugar, which may lower their levels of insulin.

So women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes have even more benefits by breastfeeding their little one!

And, the longer a woman breast-fed, the better it was for her later health. Breast-feeding for longer than nine months dropped the risk of this Heart disease cluster by 86 percent in women with gestational diabetes. Women without gestational diabetes saw a 56 percent reduction in their risk of metabolic syndrome, according to the study.

Breastfeeding…a gift…a practically free gift…of life!

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SOURCES: Erica Gunderson, Ph.D., epidemiologist and research scientist, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, Oakland, Calif.; Jacob Warman, M.D., chief of endocrinology, Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; Dec. 3, 2009, Diabetes, online

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