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Breastfed Women Have Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

Breastfeeding just got a little better. Recently, we learned that adults who were breastfed as infants have lower BMIs and HDL cholesterol levels, which can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. That's not the only benefit of breastfeeding. New studies show that adult women who were breastfed as infants may have a 17 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer, as compared to women who were not breastfed. The only hitch is that this doesn't hold true for first-born women — the decreased risk of developing breast cancer was found with women who had three or more older siblings. The benefits of breastfeeding keep expanding.

This study brings up more questions to consider, like does the age of the mother or how long the infant was breastfed have any impact on the risk of breast cancer? I'm sure more studies on this subject will be completed in the not-too-distant future, since breastfeeding is such a hot topic now. It is good for the baby and the mom.

So I'm curious, were you breastfed when you were a baby? Also, if you're a mom, did you breastfeed your babies? If you're planning on being a mom in the future, have you thought about breastfeeding? Share your thoughts about all this mama business below.


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peacefoley peacefoley 9 years
I was breastfed until I was 18 months and am still nursing my 11 month old- he's a boy so the lowered breast cancer risk doesn't really apply to him- but it's good to know that any subsequent daughters I have will benefit.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I was breastfed and I definitely plan on breastfeeding all my kids. There are so many benefits to it that it's kind of a no-brainer with me.
smarler smarler 9 years
I was not breastfed, and I will not breastfeed (if I have kids at all...)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I wasn't and not sure if I ever will, I turned out just fine. :)
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I was breastfed and nursed both my children. What a precious picture too. I could just EAT that little baby!!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I was breastfed and I definitely plan on breastfeeding my children. I think it's very important.
kia kia 9 years
I was breastfed and if I have children I plan to breastfeed. To me somethings can not be teased apart to have a full understanding of the science of why they happen, they make holistic sense and breastfeeding is one of those mysteries in my mind.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i was breast-fed but don't plan on having children...hopefully the first part will help me out though.
franniedid franniedid 9 years
I was not breast fed but I did breast-feed all 3 of my children until they were almost 2.
emalove emalove 9 years
I definitely plan on breast-feeding! It's so good for the baby. And yes, my mother breast-fed my sister and I...she always told me that I should do the same for my child someday and I will.
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