Does breastfeeding reduce a woman’s risk of getting breast/ovarian cancer?
Yes, breastfeeding does reduce a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding between 4 to 12 months has shown a reduction in pre-menopausal breast cancer by 11%, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. This study stated that, “if all women with children lactated for 24 months or longer, the incidence of breast cancer might be reduced by nearly 25%.” By breastfeeding your baby for 1 to 2 years, you can also reduce your risk of ovarian cancer by almost one-third. Not only is your baby benefiting from your breastmilk, but you are also enjoying the preventative benefits of breastfeeding as well!