Dr. Giske Ursin, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, explains that evidence suggests women who choose to breastfeed after having children at a later age can significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer.
This powerful finding was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Los Angeles.
The study analyzed data from the Women’s Contraceptive and Reproductive Experiences Study, which has been tracking thousands of women over several years.
Interestingly, previous results from the study indicated that early age at first pregnancy (younger than 25) and having multiple children (four or more) were associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.
The incredible news is that breastfeeding can actually counterbalance the heightened breast cancer risk that comes with late pregnancies.
Breastfeeding offers a range of benefits for both mother and baby, and now it seems to include protection against breast cancer. It’s a win-win situation for moms everywhere!