Benefits of breastfeeding for the mother

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Kenyan mothers are being encouraged to breastfeed their newborns so as to reduce the chances of contracting reproductive cancers.

“A decrease in risk for reproductive cancers has been observed among women who have breastfed,” according to a research titled, Breastfeeding and Health Outcomes for the Mother-Infant Dyad, published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

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Breastfeeding prevents ovulation and the less a woman ovulates it reduces the exposure to estrogen and abnormal cells that could become cancer.

In a 2002 research on the benefits of breastfeeding published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health it found that there was a 28 per cent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer among women who breastfed for at least 12 months compared to women who never breastfed.

“Breastfeeding protects the mother from many short- and long-term health problems, and that breastfeeding exclusively and for longer durations result in the most optimal maternal health.

It was also observed that it helps in the prevention of lifestyle diseases such as, hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular diseases.

“Pregnancy leads to abnormally elevated levels of any or all lipids (fats) with increases concentration of blood cholesterol conversely, lactation promotes favorable effects on maternal blood lipids. Research has found that lactation is associated with lower risk of longer-term metabolic risk factors and cardiovascular disease.”

Furthermore, breastfeeding has been found to help in weight loss after pregnancy. “The fat accumulated during pregnancy is used to produce milk, extended breastfeeding—at least 6 months—can help mothers lose weight.”

Although also eating healthy and exercising regularly is encouraged in order to lose weight.

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