For a long time, the benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and mothers have been well documented, yet a new US study claims breastfeeding has also been found to lower your chances of getting diabetes.
According to the study, mums who breastfeed for six months or more cut their chances of developing diabetes by 47%.
Lead researcher Erica Gunderson said: ‘We found a very strong association between breastfeeding duration and lower risk of developing diabetes, even after accounting for all possible confounding risk factors.’
This risk is said to be reduced no matter what the mum’s lifestyle, body size, race, gestational diabetes, and ‘other metabolic risk factors measured before pregnancy’.
According to the researchers involved in the study, the act of nourishing a newborn releases hormones that have the power to control blood sugar and insulin levels in the pancreas.
The study also concluded that mums who breastfed for less than six months lowered their risk of diabetes by 25%.