Breastfeeding may Decrease Risk of Cancer Deaths

Various studies have shown the benefits of breastfeeding for both babies, breast milk contains natural antibodies are known to increase the baby's immune. But the benefits are shared by both breastfeeding mothers, which can reduce cancer risk by 10 percent.

A recent study showed that women who breastfeed up to more than 6 months, have a reduced risk of death from all cancers by 10 percent and heart attack by 17 percent.

In addition, breastfeeding mothers who maintain a healthy diet and physically active lifestyle also decreased the risk of death from respiratory diseases and circulatory disorders.

The study involved more than 380,000 people from nine countries in Europe, which has been observed for 12-year study period. The results of this study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, as reported by Medical Daily, Thursday (28/03/2013).

All study participants were advised to follow the seven recommendations of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR), which includes weight management, physical activity, eat more vegetables, less meat and alcohol, as well as feeding the baby ( for women).

"This study supports the role of lifestyle recommendations for the prevention of cancer, circulatory and respiratory disorders," said Anne-Claire Vergnaud, writers and researchers from Imperial College of London, School of Public Health.

Specifically, participants who followed the WCRF and AICR guidelines yeng lower risk of death from respiratory diseases by 50 percent, while the risk of circulatory disorders and cancer, respectively reduced by 44 and 20 percent compared with those who did not comply with the recommendation.

After sifting through a factor of WCRF and AICR recommendations, the women who breastfeed their babies up to more than 6 months, were found to have a reduced risk of death from all types of cancer by 10 percent.

Previous studies have shown that breastfeeding can decrease the chance of non-responsive growth hormones that trigger cancer. Also, by breastfeeding, mothers can maintain a certain regimen that can protect against cancer.

One study also suggests that breastfeeding may help delay the process of ovulation where the egg cells are released and exposure of the ovaries with estrogen-rich fluid, where it is claimed as one of the main causes of ovarian cancer.