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Does breastfeeding reduce mom’s risk of cancer?

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, research suggesting that breastfeeding may actually decrease the mother’s risk of breast cancer has caught our attention.

And many lactation experts say that a large body of research suggests it’s true! In-fact, some studies suggest that breastfeeding cuts the risk of some aggressive breast cancers by up to 20 percent, compared with women who do not breastfeed.

Breastfeeding changes the breast on the cellular level and lowers estrogen levels – both may decrease the risk of cancer.

However, this isn’t the only reason to breastfeed your child. Breastfeeding offers a host of health benefits for the baby:

·         Right balance of nutrients

·         Stronger immune system

·         Lower risk of disease like diabetes, obesity and asthma

·         Closer mother-baby bond

 

Some women may choose not to or be unable to breastfeed due to work circumstances, medical conditions or difficulties with latching.

 

If you want to breastfeed but are having trouble with latching try these tips:

·         Look for a breastfeeding support services at your local hospital

·         Ask your OBGYN or primary care doctor for help

·         Talk with your doctor or a lactation consultant about using a breast pump

 

This October, learn your risk for breast cancer by visiting Adventist HealthCare’s FREE breast cancer risk assessment at www.YourBreastHealth.com. You could win a weekend getaway to the Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland.

 

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose

 

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