August 11, 2009
Boston (DbTechNo) – For new mothers, breastfeeding their babies may reduce their own risk of developing breast cancer. This is amazing news, and could result in more new moms opting to breastfeed their children opposed to feeding from a bottle. Previous research has also proved that babies who are breastfed have a reduced risk of numerous health problems when they get older, more positive evidence for breastfeeding. According to the researchers, the benefit to breastfeeding moms was only in women who had a family history of the disease.
The same reduction of breast cancer risk was not seen in women who did not have a family history of the disease. For those women who breastfed and had a family history of breast cancer, their own risk of developing the disease dropped by as much as 60 percent.
More info pertaining to this study can be found in the published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.