Does breastfeeding really reduce your risk of breast cancer?
You probably know that breastfeeding can give your baby a healthy start. But that’s not the only health benefit. It also can lower your breast cancer risk. “Research shows mothers who breastfeed lower their risk of pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer. And, breastfeeding longer than the recommended six months can provide additional protection,” says Lindsey Wohlford, wellness dietitian.
Is breastfeeding possible and safe with breast cancer?
Your risk of developing breast cancer while lactating is low, but if you’re diagnosed with cancer, you might be able to continue breastfeeding your child. Talk to your doctor about the best options for your unique situation.
Do women get breast cancer if they don’t breastfeed?
“Women who had children but did not breast-feed had about 1.5 times the risk for ER/PR-negative breast cancer,” said Meghan Work, MPH, doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and first author. “If women breast-fed their children, there was no increased risk for ER/PR-negative cancer.
How do you get rid of breast lumps while breastfeeding?
apply a warm, wet compress to the affected breast. take warm baths or hot showers several times a day, if possible. gently massage the breast to help release the clog before and between feedings. apply ice packs to the affected area after breastfeeding.