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Protective Effect of Breastfeeding in Postpartum Relapse Rate of Mothers With Multiple Sclerosis

Kerstin Hellwig, MD; Aiden Haghikia, MD; Heike Agne, MD; Christian Beste, PhD; Ralf Gold, MD
Arch Neurol. 2009;66(12):1580-1581. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2009.281.
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We read with interest the recent article by Langer-Gould and colleagues1 that analyzed the relapse risk of 29 mothers with MS who breastfed exclusively for at least 2 months (groups, 8, 5, 4, and 0-13 months) vs those who did not. A statistically significant reduction of the relapse risk in the breastfeeding group is described. The authors state that their small sample size was the main limitation of the study.

Owing to an overall higher rate of women breastfeeding their newborns in Germany, we were able to collect data from 151 women with MS who breastfed exclusively for at least 4 months, 26 of whom were prospectively followed up. Thus, we present a partly retrospective analysis of the relapses during the first 6 months after the child's birth of women with MS who breastfed exclusively (BF group) or did not (NBF group; n = 62; 6 prospectively followed up) from our nationwide MS and pregnancy database.2

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