“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 Linds Wohlford, wellness dietitian.
Most women who breastfeed experience hormonal changes during lactation that delay their menstrual periods. This reduces a woman’s lifetime exposure to hormones like estrogen, which can promote breast cancer cell growth.In addition, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, you shed breast tissue.
“This shedding can help remove cells with potential DNA damage, thus helping to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer,” Wohlford says
If you have any concerns , please visit a lactation consultant .
The Lactation Consultant, is responsible for providing support for the mother-infant breastfeeding dyad. The tasks include assessment, planning, interventions, and evaluation of lactation support and education for clients in the postpartum period at the Women’s Health Center and Pediatric Department.