Sunday, September 13, 2009

Breastfeeding and Cancer

FROM NBC: A woman with a family history of breast cancer might lower her own risk for the disease if she breastfeeds her children. University of North Carolina researchers reviewed data on about 60-thousand women. For women who had family members with breast cancer, nursing led to a 59-percent decreased risk for developing pre-menopausal breast cancer themselves.

That's similar to taking the cancer drug Tamoxifen for 5 years.
And researchers say it didn't matter how long women breastfed -- 3 months or 3 years yielded the same results. Interestingly -- doctors said that protective effect did not apply to women without a family history of breast cancer.

So I am a nursing machine right now. It is stories like this that give me some perspective. He was eating about every 3-4 hours. Now it's every two hours! However, his little face is filling out and he surpassed his birth weight by 7 oz at just one week old! Plus, according to this article, it's good for me too! It makes it all worth it, doesn't it? I just love being a new mom!

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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