six months or more across all births had a 47% reduction in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who did not breastfeed at all.
2. Women who breastfed over a cumulative period of 15 months or longer had a 53% lower risk for developing multiple sclerosis than women who had not breast-fed, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study.
3. Overall, breastfeeding has been found to reduce a mother’s risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and ovarian and breast cancer.
4. Breastfeeding has many health benefits for babies because it reduces the risks of asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, ear and respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Breastfeeding is important, given the protective effects of breastfeeding against type 2 diabetes. African Americans are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, according to the Office of Minority Health.
Moreover, breastfeeding leads to metabolic changes that could reduce risks of