Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Thebuzz -

It seems as though we’re dis­cov­er­ing new ben­e­fits of breast­feed­ing ev­ery day. Sci­en­tists have now found it cuts your risk of di­a­betes by a quar­ter, and re­duces your baby’s chance of de­vel­op­ing type 2 di­a­betes in adult­hood by al­most a fifth.

Re­searchers in Canada be­lieve breast­feed­ing uses up ex­cess fat and sugar in a mother’s body, help­ing pro­tect her from the con­di­tion. The team from the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba stud­ied the records of 334,553 Cana­dian ba­bies born over a 24-year pe­riod. The re­sults show that women who breast­fed were 23 per cent less likely to de­velop di­a­betes and their ba­bies were 18 per cent less at risk, com­pared to tots who had been given for­mula.

Pre­vi­ous re­search also shows breast­fed ba­bies are less likely to grow up to be obese, a con­di­tion that is linked to di­a­betes.

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