Breastfeeding may prevent breast cancer

Filed under: Your Pregnancy, Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health

Given the ever-raging debate on breastfeeding, here's another reason you might want to consider doing it: a recent study finds it might protect against breast cancer.

Specifically, it helps reduce the breast cancer risk for women who wait until after 25 to have children, as previous research has found that these women are more prone to the disease. In fact, after analyzing data on a number of women aged 55 and older, doctors found that breastfeeding help ward off breast cancer regardless of what age the women started giving birth.

Seeing as the average age for starting a family is 25, and current trends indicate the majority of women are waiting until they're older to have kids, this information seems particularly relevant.

Maybe now people will stop freaking out every time they see a woman breastfeeding in public.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.