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Another reason why breast is best: Breastfeeding can halve the risk of arthritis

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Breastfeeding could help stave off arthritis, a study has suggested.

Mothers who choose to breastfeed their children are around half as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis as women who have never breastfed, researchers said.

The study of more than 7,000 women, published in the journal Rheumatology, found that breastfeeding – especially for long periods – was associated with a lower risk of developing the condition.

The longer a woman has breastfed for, the lower her risk of developing arthritis

Researchers asked the women, all aged 50 and over and from south China, about their history of breastfeeding and examined them for any signs of the condition.

Around one in 10 were deemed to have rheumatoid arthritis.

Women with arthritis were significantly more likely to be overweight and less likely to have ever breastfed their children, the authors said. READ MORE

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