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Study Finds that Breastfeeding is Associated with a Reduced Risk of MS for Mothers

July 13, 2017

In a California study of 397 women with multiple sclerosis and 433 women without MS, women who had breastfed one or more children for 15 months or more were less likely to develop MS than women who had not, or who only breastfed for a few months. The researchers point out that this identifies an association, and does not mean that breastfeeding is responsible for reducing the risk of MS. This study and others like it can provide important information about processes involved in triggering MS.

Read a press release on the study from the American Academy of Neurology

View the scientific summary (abstract) of the study

Learn more about research into the cause of MS

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Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness and tingling, to mobility challenges, blindness and paralysis. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.

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