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...