FAQ: Is it possible to breastfeed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?
What is PCOS?
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, more commonly referred to as PCOS is a complex condition caused by an imbalance in reproductive hormones. It affects 5% to 10% of women of reproductive age.
PCOS is a syndrome and not a disease. Therefore, the combination of symptoms changes from case to case. Some of the most common symptoms include the following -
PCOS also increases the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
Impact on Breastfeeding?
It is important to note that many mothers with PCOS have had no problem with breastfeeding and have successfully breastfed their babies. However, some women with PCOS have reported issues. There is very little research done on PCOS with regards to its impact on breastfeeding. But the two most famous studies suggest the following.
Importance of Breastfeeding?
When a woman is suffering from PCOS, she is put at an increased risk of developing ‘Type-2 Diabetes’, later in life. Also, her babies are at an increased genetic risk of developing ‘Type-2 Diabetes’, later in life. Since breastfeeding provides protection to both - the mother and the baby - against developing ‘Type-2 Diabetes’, later in life; it is very important for a mother suffering from PCOS to breastfeed.
How to facilitate Breastfeeding?
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