Breastfeeding reduces Multiple Sclerosis- MS

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease found generally in women that is disease of central nervous system in which brain & spinal cord are involved. It affects women in their childbearing years. Women who are affected with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are at a high risk of relapse in the postpartum period. Breastfeeding for at least two months after pregnancy can help to prevent disease relapse in women with Multiple Sclerosis.


An exclusive study was conducted to determine whether breastfeeding protects women against postpartum relapses Multiple Sclerosis. If so whether this protection is related to prolonged latational amenorrhea (LAM). Latational amenorrhea is a contraceptive method which is based on the natural postpartum infertility that occurs when a woman is affected from amenorrhea & fully breastfeeding. Amenorrhœa is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age.

Women who breastfed exclusively delayed the return of normal menstrual cycle, the researchers noted. Those whose monthly cycles stayed repressed, a normal effect of breastfeeding, were those whose Multiple Sclerosis (MS) symptoms did not return. Researchers identified 29 pregnant women with multiple sclerosis and 29 similar women without the disease. They asked the women about their feeding practice, reproductive history, changes in neurological status, breastfeeding and supplemental feeding behaviors, menstrual history, medical history, and medication use.

Their findings suggest that the beneficial effects of exclusive breastfeeding on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) relapses are related to prolonged lactational amenorrhea due to hormonal influence. Exclusive breastfeeding results in high prolactin levels, low luteinizing hormone levels, and ovarian suppression. Women with MS should be encouraged to breastfeed exclusively for at least the first two months after birth instead of resuming medications.

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