Thursday, October 28, 2010

Breastfeeding Vs. Breast Cancer

In a cage match between breastfeeding and breast cancer, you know who wins?  I bet you've never been told.  I bet you've never read it any where.  In this month of breast cancer awareness where even KFC gets in on it, despite the questionable healthfulness of their double down chicken sandwich, and plasters pink ribbons everywhere, I bet you've not been told about this life saving information.

I won't put a pink ribbon on my site here, but I will tell you this:  Breastfeeding Significantly Reduces the Risk of Breast Cancer for Both the Nursing Mom and the Female Baby Later in Life.

Yeah, that's right.  You heard me.  Breastfeed, and your chance of getting breast cancer (and a few other cancers) goes way down.  Do it for a longer period of time and the protective effect is even greater.  Your female infant will have a reduced risk of breast cancer when she is older.

WHY ARE WE NOT TOLD ABOUT THIS?!

Please try to breastfeed your children for their health and your own.  If you have any kind of difficulties (and you might--we don't grow up seeing a lot of breastfeeding, so you may not know how to do it properly) go get help that is readily available.  La Leche League International has been helping women breastfeed comfortably for decades.  Or:  For decades, La Leche League International has been helping women breastfeed comfortably.  I'm a big proponent for extended breastfeeding, but I would even draw the line at decades...

4 comments:

Marcie said...

Hello! I'm still here. I haven't given up on the info drop for global warming -- we've had lots of family matters to attend to lately.

I have nursed all 3 of my kids and have mostly enjoyed it! The best part and the hardest part is that breastfeeding takes slowing down. I personally needed slowing down in my life when I took the plunge to be a mom, but my feminist upbringing still has residuals in my mindset that cause me to want to move fast, achieve, etc. It's a healthy tension, it's temporary, and I cherish nursing as a result. Thanks for the post!

Cheers!

Laura said...

Yeah Marcie--I'm still waiting on your sources for your info...

Breastfeeding is wonderful, isn't it? It does slow you down and allow/force you to be right there in that moment fully with your baby. That's important.

comfortablydomestic.com said...

Hi, there! I love this post. Having breastfed my four boys for approximately 6 years, I get it. The stinkers wouldn't take a bottle if their lives depended on it. Now that I am done with that stage of life, I can say that it was definitely all worth it.

Laura said...

Hi comfortablydomestic,

That's the thing, isn't it? The time goes so fast and children grow so quickly. How nice to have to slow down and hold them and share with them. Breastfeeding helps with that.

Thanks for visiting!

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