A recent study has shown that breastfeeding may not be useful in protecting against relapses of multiple sclerosis (MS) in women. The relapse rates are usually higher among women in the year after childbirth.
Flare-ups as they are called may not reduce with breastfeeding.
"It's a well-designed study that does a nice job of resolving the controversy. It resolves from my standpoint that breastfeeding is not protective," says neurologist Dennis Bourdette, MD, director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.