Considering that Singapore has high rates of caesarean births (in 2012, about one in three, or 37% of all births in Singapore were delivered through caesarean operations) news of non-medicinal pain relief will surely come as a relief to mother’s who’ve had, or are having, this birth surgery.
Especially when said-pain relief apparently comes down to breastfeeding…
New research presented at the Euroanasethesia Congress in Geneva this week unveiled a connection between breastfeeding and a lowered persistent pain rate following a caesarean section.
Specifically, Spanish researchers from Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Valme in Sevilla discovered that of the 185 C-section mothers they interviewed, 87% of them breastfeed their babies, and 58% of them breastfed their newborn for two months or longer.
From their analysis, the study’s author, Dr Carmen Alicia Vargas Berenjeno, and her colleagues discovered that those who breastfed for longer than two months saw a reduced rate of chronic pain post-surgery than those who didn’t.
“These preliminary results suggest that breastfeeding for more than two months protects against chronic post-caesarean pain, with a three-fold increase in the risk of chronic pain if breastfeeding is only maintained for two months or less,” the authors explains.
This finding correlates with the World Health Organization recommendation of exclusively breastfeeding your child up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
Text: Bauersyndication.com.au, Photo: Pixabay