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You already know that “breast is best” for baby, but for Mom, too?

  • Posted on January 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers AND it accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system, ranking it fifth in cancer deaths among women. Those are depressing statistics if I’ve ever heard them!

But, my natural mama friends, there is hope! According to a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 91 percent!!

“The study found that women who breastfed for more than 13 months were 63 percent less likely to develop an ovarian tumor than women who breastfed for less than seven months. The benefits jumped the longer that women breastfed. The researchers found that mothers who had three children and who breastfed for over 31 months were up to 91 percent less likely to suffer from ovarian cancer than women who breastfed for under 10 months.” (source)

You’ve doubtless heard that breastfeeding helps reduce the risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer in women with a history of family breast cancer.

So, keep those babies at your breast for as long as possible and let’s beat cancer one nursing baby at a time!

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