BREASTFEEDING CUTS DIABETES
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.