Breastfeeding was known to have a protective effect on breast or ovarian cancer. A study shows today that it also reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in nearly half of all women. It has other advantages. But it is up to the mother to decide and we must respect her choice, whatever it is.
« We found a very strong association between duration of breastfeeding and risk of developing diabetes, even after taking into account all confounding risk factors Says Erica P. Gunderson, the lead author of a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
In this 30-year study, women who breastfed for at least six months had a 47% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to women who did not breastfeed at all.
Diabetes incidence decreased gradually as duration of breastfeeding increased, regardless of origin, gestational diabetes, lifestyle, body size, and other metabolic risk factors measured prior to pregnancy.
« We have known for a long time that breastfeeding has many benefits for both mothers and babies, but previous evidence has shown only small effects on chronic diseases in women. "says Tracy Flanagan, Director of Kaiser Permanente's Women's Health Unit. " Now we see much stronger protection. Nurses, hospitals and policy makers should help women and their families to breastfeed as long as possible. "
Breastfeeding is no longer popular in France
Except for a retrograde individual and a lesson giver - there are enough of them - we can just remember that, if a big car brand had chosen the image of breast-feeding to extol the virtues of the airbag, is that it has long been the symbol of happiness, at least that of serenity for the child ... and self-sacrifice for the mother ... Which probably explains why it is no longer popular with modern French women ...
We are even the red lantern of the European countries. More than one woman out of two, for lack of time or perhaps simply for fear of seeing her chest collapse, chose the bottle.
This is not for the sake of the health of their children, because it has never been so important! It is more certainly by fashion, by lack of information or simply that they do not want it. It must be admitted that artificial formula milk is very present, from birth, free even at the maternity, and they offer to the young mother - at least until the last days and the Lactalis case - a simple solution not distressing, almost perfect from a nutritional and economic point of view.
An incentive to breastfeed
In addition to these new findings on the prevention of diabetes, and a growing body of evidence that breastfeeding has protective effects for mothers (including reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer), breastfeeding, more generally, are threefold.
First in the diet register. The composition of the milk varies during feeding, acid at first and then more and more fat, and that especially, it changes according to the needs of the baby. It is also through the milk that the mother will provide protective elements to her child. Then there is the economic argument, the cost of powdered milk, but it is doubtful in the face of the debate about the return to work, which for some mothers represents a real blackmail to employment. Finally, there is the psychological aspect, because it is not just milk that the mother offers her child, but also a moment of true fusion that can not be harmless for the future balance.
Despite all this, the trend is to make women feel guilty. And we are wrong, because no medical study shows that breastfeeding his child offers him more guarantees to be better in his skin or in his head. Once informed objectively, without any sectarian spirit - because fundamentalists are never far away - it is up to the future mother to choose. There is only one imperative rule: once the decision has been made, it must be respected and no longer spoken of.