Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

Breastfeeding Can Reduce Breast Cancer

on October 17, 2016

Mothers who breastfeed are at significantly lower risk of developing breast cancer, hypertension and suffering heart attacks than women who do not, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“Anyone wearing a pink ribbon to fight breast cancer, or a red dress to fight heart disease, should take note of these findings”, said co-author Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D., M.S., associate professor of medicine, epidemiology, and obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services at Pitt’s School Of Medicine.

“While breastfeeding is widely recognized as important to infant health, more people need to understand that breastfeeding appears to have substantial long-term effects on women’s health as well,” Dr. Schwarz explained.

The study findings indicate that if 90 percent of mothers were able to breastfeed as recommended (for 12 months after each birth), U.S. women might be spared nearly 5,000 cases of breast cancer.

 

http://www.lllc.ca/tuesday-tip-womens-heart-health-and-breastfeeding

 

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If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to an accredited La Leche League Leader. In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking http://www.lllc.ca/find-group or Internationally http://www.llli.org/.

If you have found this article helpful, La Leche League Canada would appreciate your support. Your donation is essential and very much appreciated to help LLLC cover the cost of producing breastfeeding resources: https://www.lllc.ca/donate or become a LLLC Friend http://www.lllc.ca/join-lllc-friends

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada

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