Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer

Bangalore: Failing to breastfeed is a risk factor for breast, ovarian and uterine cancers’ according to Oncology and pathology research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), said women who give birth over the age of 30 are more susceptible to breast cancer. Clinical research has proven that the complex components of human milk secretion lower the risk of breast cancer in women who breastfeed their babies exclusively for a certain period of time. Many women fear that if they breastfeed, they would have sagging breasts. However, researchers confirm that breastfeeding doesn’t make breasts wilt more. But age, smoking and the number of pregnancies a woman had contributed to the shape of their breasts. Now, expectant mothers can relax knowing breastfeeding does not sacrifice the appearance of their breasts, but helps in preventing breast cancer said Dr. Garima Jain of Apollo Hospital

In Karnataka 31 out of 1000 infants are dying every year and preterm delivery ratio has increased to 23 per cent in recent years. The WHO recommends that for the first six months of life, infants should be exclusively breastfed to achieve optimal growth, development, and health. Breast and cervical are the most commonly diagnosed cancers among women. Breast cancer affects 34 out of 100,000 people while cervical cancer affects 25 out of 100,000 people according to Oncology and pathology research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri). According to UNICEF:

  • Breastfeeding Saves the lives of more than 820000 children under age five, especially those under 6 months of age, annually.
  • Breastfeeding prevents 20000 breast cancer deaths.
  • Breastfeeding is associated with an IQ increase of 3 to 4 points.
  • Protects mothers against post-partum haemorrhage, postpartum depression, ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Five countries – China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and Nigeria – account for over 2, 36,000 child death every year because of inadequate breastfeeding. These countries are together estimated to incur an economic cost of $119 billion every year due to mortality and cognitive losses, says the report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective.

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