There are loads of reasons to breastfeed your baby: And your own health is definitely one of them. According to a recent study, women who breastfeed their babies for six months or more may be able to cut their risk of developing diabetes in the future by nearly half.
The study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine showed that women who breastfed for six months or less had a 47 per cent reduction in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared with those who did not breastfeed at all. For women who breastfed for six months or less, their risk was reduced by 25 per cent.
Breastfeeding may help reduce diabetes risk in breastfeeding mothers via hormones that act in the pancreas, controlling blood sugar and insulin levels.
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Also, any parent knows, formula milk is expensive (especially in Singapore!) and a big part of the baby budget. With the average prices of infant milk formula in Singapore increasing 120 per cent over 10 years, it’s no wonder that some local families are struggling with the cost of feeding their babies formula milk.
While many mums choose to use formula milk for convenience, or because they have issues with breastfeeding, feeding baby au naturel with breast milk can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Here are 10 other perks of breastfeeding your child – some of which you may not even have been aware of!