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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Does Breastfeeding Reduce the Risk of Multiple Sclerosis Relapse?


Women with multiple sclerosis (MS) who breastfeed their infants exclusively may have a lower risk of disease relapse for up to 6 months postpartum compared to women with MS who do not breastfeed exclusively, according to results of a study published in JAMA Neurology.
 
Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany studied 201 pregnant women with MS between January 1, 2008 and June 30, 2012 and followed up after one year postpartum in order to determine the effect of exclusive breastfeeding on postpartum risk of MS relapse. The researchers wanted to investigate further the effects of introducing supplemental feedings onto that risk.
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Exclusive breastfeeding was defined by the researchers of at least two months of breastfeeding without regular replacement of any meal by supplemental feeding. Nonexclusive breastfeeding was defined as partial or no breastfeeding. - 

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