Breastfeeding and its relation to cancer

We all know breast milk has so many amazing benefits for both mom and baby, but did you know breastfeeding also reduces cancer risk? Research shows that women who breastfeed their babies are less likely to have cancer return, says a study of over 1600 women with breast cancer who previously breastfed.

The risk was reduced by 30 percent for cancer to recur and up to 28 percent reduced risk of death from cancer. Previous research had already established that breastfeeding reduced the risk of breast cancer ever occurring at all in breast feeding mothers. This is huge news, seeing as breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer (and can be found in both men and women).

Ovarian cancer

Other studies show that breastfeeding reduces cancer risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 91 percent. Ovarian cancer is uncommon, and normally diagnosed in its advanced stages, which increases the risks associated with it.

Cancer treatment & breastfeeding

If you suspect you have cancer and are undergoing diagnostic treatment, you may wonder how this affects breastfeeding. It is still safe to nurse while receiving treatment. It is even safe to nurse during radiation therapy; however, radiation therapy can decrease milk production in the breast that has had this treatment.

It is important to note that it is not safe to breastfeed while you are undergoing chemotherapy.  You must wait until these chemicals are well out of your body to breastfeed or provide your baby with your breast milk. If you would like to keep milk production up during isotope or chemo, try pumping (you will have to discard the pumped milk but this will allow your body to continue to produce breast milk while undergoing your treatment).

Get a breast pump to express milk while away from baby

Breast pumps can be expensive, but Aeroflow Breastpumps offers a wide variety of pumps and accessories at the most competitive pricing. Check out their line of products at the online store for awesome deals and special sales year round!

Your breast pump may even be covered at no out-of-pocket cost by your health insurance company, per the Affordable Care Act. Find out if your policy is compliant by completing the simple three-step Qualify Through Insurance. A Breastpump Specialist will reach out to your insurance company, verify your coverage and network status, and contact you within 3-5 business days with your options.