Strong evidence suggests that risk of premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancers can be reduced if breast-feeding
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) have released a new study indicating the healthy effects of breast-feeding, with the occasion of the World Breastfeeding Week.
As estrogen is directly linked to the disease, breast-feeding protects against this type of cancer. Moreover, after lactation ends, breasts eliminate tissue that may be loaded with altered DNA, so that the risk diminishes once more.
For example, in the United States, breast cancer has the second biggest incidence among women, after melanoma. During 2014, 236.968 women got the disease and 41,211 women died of it.
According to the AICR&WCRF study, every 5 months of breast-feeding results in a 2 per cent lower risk of breast cancer.
In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) also recommends that mother breast-feed their children for a minimum of 6 months before starting to introduce new foods into their diet. This way, the infants will be provided with the essential nutrients, while their immunity will remain strong and they will be protected from infections, allergies and pulmonary illnesses.
As the breast-feeding rates in the U.S. are on the rise, American women still need to adjust other nutrition standards in order to make sure they have healthy children after the age of 6 months.