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Breastfeeding can relieve chronic pain caused by caesarean operation, reveals new study
The chronic pain that follows a caesarean operation can be cured by breastfeeding, a new study has revealed.

As per the research, mothers who breastfed their babies for at least 2 months after undergoing caesarean operation reduced their chances to experience the pain by three times compared to mothers who breastfed their babies for less than 2 months.

"These preliminary results suggest that breastfeeding for more than 2 months protects against chronic post-cesarean pain, with a threefold increase in the risk of chronic pain if breastfeeding is only maintained for 2 months or less," The Science Times quoted Carmen Alicia Vargas Berenjeno the study author and doctor from the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Senora de Valme in Spain.

As per the research, 23 per cent of the mothers who breastfed their babies for less than two months experienced chronic pain at the site of incision despite four months passing since they were operated upon. And percentage of mothers who breastfed their babies for two months or longer and still experienced the chronic pain was just eight per cent.

The research being presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia Congress in Geneva had 185 mothers who underwent a caesarean section as subjects of the study. The mothers were asked questions about the level of pain around the site of incision in the first 24 hours. Then the same questions were repeated 72 hours after the operation and then 4 months later.

According to the researchers, factors such as the surgical technique used in the operation and mother's education & occupation are also factors that can influence the chronic pain.

As per a statement in Medical Daily, the researchers have said: "Our study provides another good reason to encourage women to breastfeed."

"It's possible that anxiety during breastfeeding could influence the likelihood of pain at the surgical site 4 months after the operation," the researchers added.

While the World Health Organisation (WHO) has already declared breast feeding as the best form of nourishment for the infants, it's wonderful effects on mothers were not known as of now.

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