I love breastfeeding. For me, it’s one of the most fulfilling roles I have as a mother. Most discussions about health benefits of breastfeeding revolve around the baby, but did you know that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of getting cancer (breast, uterine, cervical and ovarian) later on in life?
Read on for the particulars of how to best protect yourself.
According to a Yale University study, women who breastfeed for two years or longer reduced their risk of breast cancer by 50 percent!
Although the study did not explore the reasons why breastfeeding appears to lower the risk of breast cancer, some researchers have indicated that it could be because breastfeeding reduces exposure to estrogen. Another theory is that fewer fat-soluble pollutants and carcinogens are in lactating breasts than in non-lactating breasts.
Breastfeeding has also been shown to reduce ovarian cancer risk. One theory on how it works is that breastfeeding reduces the total number of ovulations in a woman’s life. Although it’s not completely understood how it provides protection, the results are clear.
If you are interested in reading more, check these links:
You will have less chance of Breast Cancer and other Cancers
Study: Breast-Feeding Decreases Cancer Risk
Breastfeeding Reduces Risk Of Breast Cancer For Women Who Delay Childbirth
Breastfeeding and breast cancer risk by age 50 among women in Germany
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