Breastfeeding good for Both Mother and Child

Breastfeeding good for Both Mother and Child

The findings of a new research have showed that breastfeeding offers many health benefits for mother and child. Breastfeeding makes children healthier and more resistant to many diseases and infection than children who are fed through a formula. Mothers who breastfeed their infants also reduce their risk of recurring or dying because of the disease.

The findings of the study have been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It suggests that breastfeeding plays a role in increasing the chances of survival rates of mothers with breast cancer.

“We found in this study of over 1,600 women with breast cancer that those who previously breast-fed had a 30 percent overall decreased risk of their breast cancer recurring. We also found those who previously breast-fed had a 28 percent reduced risk of dying from their breast cancer”, said Marilyn Kwan of California's Kaiser Pemanente via CBS News.

Kwan said in a report by Science Times that the study is the first to look into the role of breastfeeding history in cancer recurrence, and by tumor subtype. Breastfeeding reduces the chances of developing aggressive cancer in Women. Those women are more likely to get the Luminal A subtype of breast cancer, which is not very aggressive and helps in setting up a molecular environment that makes the tumor to disappear with the help of anti-estrogen therapy.

The study saw researchers examining more than 1,500 data of women with breast cancer, mostly coming from Kaiser Permanente patients in California.

The results showed that women who breast feed or have a history of breastfeeding reduce their recurrence risk for breast cancer by 30%. Also, they reduce their risk of succumbing to the disease by 28%. The researchers said that they cannot apply the same findings for women who breastfeed for less than six months.

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