Breastfeeding lowers breast cancer deaths, study says

April 29, 2015 2:37 PM

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Breastfeeding lowers breast cancer deaths, study says

It appears that women who breastfeed are imparting health benefits not just to their children but to themselves as well. So suggests a new study out this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute involving 1,636 women with breast cancer; those who breastfed their babies were 30 percent less likely to have the cancer recur and 28 percent less likely to die from it than those who had never breastfed.

The research builds on previous findings that breastfeeding reduces a woman's overall chance of getting breast cancer in the first place. "If a woman breastfeeds, she reduces her risk of developing breast cancer by about 5 to 10 percnet, although other factors come into play," such as how many child...

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