Not only does breastfeeding help babies, but it also can help prevent mothers from contracting rheumatoid arthritis:
A study has found women who breast-fed for 13 months or more were 54 per cent less likely to develop the painful condition.
Rheumatoid arthritis, which affects around 400,000 Britons, mostly women, is an auto-immune disease which causes severe pain in the joints. There is no cure available.
But scientists believe the changes in hormone levels produced when a woman becomes pregnant and then breast feeds her baby, could help protect against the condition later in life.
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