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Arthritis Rheum. 2000 May;43(5):1010-5.

Breast-feeding and postpartum relapse in women with rheumatoid and inflammatory arthritis.

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University of Manchester, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To test the hypothesis that breast-feeding increases the risk of postpartum flare in inflammatory polyarthritis.

METHODS:

We compared disease activity during pregnancy and at 6 months postpartum among 49 non-breast-feeders, 38 first-time breast-feeders, and 50 repeat breast-feeders.

RESULTS:

After we adjusted for possible confounders, including treatment, first-time breast-feeders had increased disease activity 6 months postpartum, based on self-reported symptoms, joint counts, and C-reactive protein levels.

CONCLUSION:

Postpartum flare may be induced by breast-feeding.

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