Women who were breastfed as infants have a 25% lower risk of premenopausal and postmenopausal breast cancer.
A woman who has a family history of breast cancer is at a 59% decreased risk if she breastfeeds.
Other things that can decrease the risk of breast cancer
Breastfeeding more than one child
Having your first baby before the age of 25.
If you were breastfed as a baby.
Breastfeeding and Cancer Treatment
Breastfeeding while undergoing breast cancer treatment
Breastfeeding is safe to continue if you are undergoing: mammogram, X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, ultrasound, and biopsy.
should be undertaken if the mother is going through Radioactive testing or
hormonal therapy and chemotherapy. The doctor will need to test your
milk afterward to make sure that it is clear.
Radiation might limit milk production in the specific breast worked on.
Remember that cancerous cells can never be passed to your baby via breast milk.
Most breast cancer treatments will allow the mother to continue to breastfeed from the unaffected breast.
The mother can continue to pump and dump breast milk to keep up a
good milk supply so she can continue to breastfeed after treatment.
Breastfeeding after Cancer
Breastfeeding after breast cancer
Breastfeeding is safe and possible after breast cancer, as long as the mother is not still on chemotherapy or radioactive therapy.
The breast that was treated for cancer may produce less breast milk than the other one. Breastfeeding the baby from just one breast is possible.
If you are unable to breastfeed at all, you can use a breastfeeding
simulator, which allows your baby to continue to breastfeeding for closeness; the
milk your baby receives will be received via an SNS. (tiny tube and bottle strapped to your chest)
Factors that can Reduce the Risk of Cancer
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