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February 16, 2016
We can all agree that breastfeeding is amazing- when breastfeeding you bond with your baby, all while providing nature’s best and most perfect nutrition for your child. Your child benefits from breast milk in numerous ways- from being provided with the building blocks for their immune system, to long-term health, emotional and intellectual benefits (review the long-term systemic benefits of breast milk as presented by World Health Organization ). Did you know that breastfeeding lowers leukemia risk by one-fifth?
An analysis of 14 studies performed at the University of California (Berkeley) have given conclusive evidence of significantly lowered risk of childhood leukemia, both acute lymphoblastic leukemia or ‘ALL’ and acute myeloblastic leukemia also known as ‘AML’. Even on the short-term scale (less than 6 months), breastfeeding lowers leukemia risk like ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). This is great news for women who may not be able to breastfeed long term (due to a hectic schedule, illness, etc). The study states that breastfeeding comes into play at the second leukemia-promoting step- where the antibodies passed from mother to baby via breast strengthen the child’s immune system, and prevent this second step from successfully occurring.
Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer morbidity among children (younger than 15 years of age in the US). Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) accounted for 78% of all childhood leukemia cases from 1975-1995 in the United States alone- AML (or acute myeloid leukemia) accounted for 16%. The specific causes for all cancer types are currently unknown- leukemia seems to develop from a combination of genetic and environmental factors (so it makes sense, that you can combat these environmental factors by providing the key to immune system success with your breast milk).
Leukemia is thought to begin when blood cells acquire mutations in their DNA (these are the instructions that guide cells in action and formation throughout the cell life, and the building block upon which cells divide and reproduce). These mutations and abnormalities allow the cells to grow and divide more rapidly than normal cells- overtime, overtaking the populous of healthy blood cells in the bone marrow, decreasing the count of healthy white and red blood cells, as well as platelets, and causing the signs and symptoms of leukemia.
It is so encouraging and such a relief that even short-term breastfeeding lowers leukemia risk for your child, but even short term breastfeeding can be an enormous task for some mommies.
If you are seeking breastfeeding supplies and equipment to ease these issues, Aeroflow Healthcare has you covered with a wide variety of products at great competitive rates at our online store. Your health insurance company may cover these supplies at little to no cost to you- find out if your policy is compliant by completing the three-step qualify through insurance form. A Breastpump Specialist will contact your insurance company, verify your coverage and network status, and contact you within 2-3 business days. If you have any immediate questions, please call us at 844-867-9890.
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