In a new study of 60,000 women with a family history of breast cancer, nursing a baby for at least three months cut the risk of breast cancer by half. The researchers say that breast-feeding could be the equivalent of taking the drug tamoxifen for five years, which is a well-known way to cut breast cancer risk in women with a family history of the disease. “For women at high risk right now, the things we have to offer are tamoxifen, prophylactic mastectomy—that’s about it,” says Alison M. Stuebe, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who conducted the research while at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “This study is really good news for women with a family history of breast cancer who are looking to reduce their risk.” The study was published in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Bonnie - just another of the numerous reasons to breast-feed.