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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

MS risk reduced by breast-feeding, study suggests

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a woman breastfeeding her newborn baby
New study identifies a link between breast-feeding and a lower risk of developing MS.

Breast-feeding for 15 months or longer may prevent mothers from developing multiple sclerosis at a later point. The team warns that correlation does not imply causation, but they encourage breast-feeding as a good practice.
Data made available through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card show that breast-feeding rates in the United States are on the rise.
With women being twice as likely as men to develop multiple sclerosis (MS), it is important to understand what, if any, links there are between the condition and aspects of motherhood.
Fortunately, MS relapses have been found to decrease in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, though it is said that they tend to increase again in the first 3 to 6 months postpartum.
Breast-feeding has been linked both to a risk of relapse and a drop in MS relapses, making it a controversial topic over time. A new study by Dr. Annette Langer-Gould, from Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena, looks at whether or not breast-feeding can protect new mothers from developing MS.

The findings were recently reported in the online issue of Neurology.

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