Breastfeeding Shields Mom from Rheumatoid Arthritis
November 4, 2004 -- A mother who breastfeeds her child appears to receive a major unexpected health benefit from her experience. Breastfeeding provides her with long lasting protection against developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to a report by researchers led by Dr. Elizabeth Karlson at Harvard.
"Do Breast-Feeding and Other Reproductive Factors Influence Future Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis? Results From the Nurses' Health Study," Elizabeth W. Karlson, Lisa A. Mandl, Susan E. Hankinson, and Francine Grodstein, Arthritis & Rheumatism, November 2004; 50:11; pp. 3458-3467 (DOI: 10.1002/art.20621).