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I just got my first issue of Grace Woman today, a magazine that features normal and plus sized women. There was an article in there about breast cancer addressing risks and, of course, did not mention breastfeeding. I wrote them a quick note and though some of you might also be interested in writing. Here is my letter:

"I just received my first issue of grace today and I am delighted to see a magazine that features regular sized women. I was particularly interested in the article entitled "The Good News About Breast Cancer." I understand the need to educate women about the risks factors for breast cancer but I also think it is important to mention that there are other ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer. According to a study published in the Lancet a woman reduces her risk of breast cancer by 7% for every baby she gives birth to. The risk is further lowered by 4.3% for each year that a woman spends breastfeeding. Breastfeeding offers many wonderful benefits for both mother and child but the fact that it reduces breast cancer risk is little known. I think grace would be doing its readers a disservice by not providing this information to them."

And where to write:
http://www.gracestyle.com/corp/story_99.php
 

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In Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives Kathrerine Dettwyler says a mom who breastfeeds has a 25% reduced risk, and if she breastfeeds her daughter, the daughter has a 25% reduced risk. SO, a mom who breastfeeds and was herself breastfed has a 50% reduced risk (of course I am sure this means nursing until the child outgrew the need -- I would bet at least 2 years).
 
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