Back to Pregnancy and child. It went on to say that a study has found that women who breastfeed their babies for more than 13 months are half as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis as women who don't. The study behind these stories is a case-control study that looked at the duration of breastfeeding in women who had rheumatoid arthritis compared to women free of the condition.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition involving very painful and stiff joints such as hands, wrists, elbows, feet and knees. Rheumatoid arthritis is different to the type of arthritis that arises from wear and tear on the joints that older people can have known as osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder and can affect other areas of the body not just the joints 1.
Mothers with arthritis may face special challenges. People who are unfamiliar with arthritis may think of it as an "old person's" disease and wonder what it has to do with breastfeeding. While osteoarthritis OAis more common in older people, inflammatory arthritis and fibromyalgia are much more likely to affect young women.
A newborn baby will nurse every hours during the day and sometimes through the night. It is a wonderful bonding experience, and the benefits to the baby are well researched and understood. The hours and hours of holding baby and trying different feeding positions can lead to aches and pains in the back, neck, shoulders and even the wrists!
Breastfeeding is associated with many health benefits to the mother but the association between osteoarthritis OA is not known. Menopause, a state of rapid estrogen loss, is associated with OA. Information of OA diagnosis history and lactation for at least one month was self-reported by women 50 years and older that had given birth to at least one child.
Rheumatoid arthritis RA is more than twice as common in women as in men and its incidence in women increases steadily up to their mid forties. Women of childbearing age therefore constitute a substantial percentage of people with rheumatoid arthritis. This raises the important question of which of the drugs prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis are safe to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Most women with lupus who want to become pregnant should do so during a quiet phase remission. If you're over 35 years old it may be harder to get pregnant. If you wait until you're over 40 you may be more likely to miscarry and there will be a greater risk of having a baby with a condition such as Down's syndrome.
Jessica Lietz has been writing about health-related topics since She has several years of experience in genetics research, survey design, analysis and epidemiology, working on both infectious and chronic diseases. Soreness in your joints commonly results from joint tension, muscle tension and fatigue, which are not strangers to breastfeeding mothers.