Can Breastfeeding Strengthen Your Bones?

Monti, Davorka
March 2006
International Journal of Childbirth Education;Mar2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
The article examines the effect of breastfeeding on bone health. The two features that may adversely affect bone mass in lactating women are: the secretion of calcium in breastmilk and prolonged absence of menstrual period, which goes hand-in-hand with low estrogen levels. Estrogen has a protective effect on bone health. However, this bone loss during lactation is only temporary and bone density increases rapidly after resumption of menses or weaning.


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