Febbraio 2003 - Volume XXII - numero 2

Medico e Bambino

Problemi correnti

Salute della donna e lattazione


UO di Neonatologia e Terapia Intensiva Neonatale, IRCCS “Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste


Key words: Breastfeeding, Cancer, Post partum depression, Osteoporosis

The Authors carried out a literature review on the effects of breastfeeding (BF) on women’s health to provide an overview of existing evidence. Established knowledge includes the following: exclusive BF for the first six months in the absence of menstrual cycles is a very effective contraceptive method; there is evidence suggesting some protective effect on osteoporosis, breast cancer and cancer of the cervix; there is no evidence of association between BF and post partum depression: on the contrary, BF seems capable to improve self-esteem and to reduce anxiety; BF has a regulatory effect on body weight and does not represent a contraindication to physical exercise; BF does not cause hair loss. In conclusion, BF brings no harm and many benefits to women’s health.

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R. Davanzo, I. Bruno
Salute della donna e lattazione
Medico e Bambino 2003;22(2):105-113 https://www.medicoebambino.com/?id=0302_105.pdf

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