BREAST FEEDING AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH BREAST CANCER.

As we just rounded up the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, it is only appropriate that we discuss the relationship between breast cancer and breastfeeding. The World Breastfeeding week ran from August 1 – 7, 2018 and women all over the world have debated whether or not to breastfeed exclusively.

  

Breastfeeding has vast benefits for the child and also for the mother. Some of these benefits include: babies get their first antibodies from their mother,

 

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According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, women who have been breastfeeding their children for six months or more run a lower risk of having breast cancer especially if said mothers are nonsmokers. There are different reasons for this lower odds. according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), one of the reasons is the fact that after breastfeeding, the body gets rid of a lot of tissue which may harbor damaged DNA that can give rise to cancer. Another reason is that breastfeeding delays menstruation after birth and this reduces lifetime exposure to certain hormones that have been known to increase the risk of breast cancer. The whole report can be read here.

Breast-i can be used as a screening tool to detect breast cancer in women. According to the International Journal of Breast cancer, Breast-i can be used by pregnant women and lactating mothers. So the next time you or someone you know delivers their precious bundle of joy, encourage them to breastfeed. On the rare occasion, that breast cancer is diagnosed, the lady needs to see a doctor early.

 

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