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Breastfeeding Lowers Your Breast Cancer Risk

Breastfeeding Lowers Your Breast Cancer Risk

by: Dt. Sakshi Kakkar
Dietitian Paras Bliss, Panchkula

New mothers can slash their risk of breast cancer by breastfeeding their babies, a leading scientist has found. It can lower breast cancer risk, likely if a woman breastfeeds for longer than one year. Decision to breastfeed is entirely personal and depends on your situation. If breastfeeding is an option for you; you may want to surely consider it. With the possibility of lowering your breast cancer risk, breastfeeding also gives your child antibodies through the breast milk that can protect her/him from viral and bacterial infections. Beyond breast health protection, breastfeeding also provides important health benefits to the baby and helps the bonding process.

When deciding whether to breastfeed, you should keep in mind the benefits for you and your child, and the practical issues related with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer and there are other things that you can do to reduce your risk further.

There are lifestyle choices you can practice in order to keep your breast cancer risk as low as it can be:

  • Eat nutritious food
  • Limit alcohol
  • No smoking (or quit if you do smoke)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight

Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Cancer:

Breastfeeding can also help new mums lose any extra baby weight faster; it also lowers the levels of some cancer related hormones in the mother’s body, which can help reduce risk of breast cancer. Hence at the end of breastfeeding, your body gets free of any cells in your breasts that may have DNA damage. This reduces the risk of breast cancer developing in the future. You know breastfeeding not only reduces your chances for developing cancer, but also your child’s.

Some of the Factors Associated with Breast Cancer:

  • Your age,
  • Being a woman,
  • Your genetics, for example can’t be changed.
  • Lack of exercise
  • Being overweight,
  • Smoking cigarettes,
  • Eating unhealthy food can be surely changed by making wise choices and by selecting the healthiest lifestyle options possible, you can empower yourself and make sure that your breast cancer risk is as low as possible.
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