TITLE

Can Breastfeeding Strengthen Your Bones?

AUTHOR(S)
Monti, Davorka
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
International Journal of Childbirth Education;Mar2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
20317595

 

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