Well­ness Arti­cles

Breast Feed­ing Shows Ben­e­fits for Moth­ers

Two new stud­ies show more evi­dence of the impor­tance of breast-​feeding for both infants and the mother. Accord­ing to a report from the Asso­ci­ated Press on Jan­u­ary 30, 2001, women who breast-​fed their babies for two years or longer reduced their risk of breast can­cer by 50%. The study by Yale Uni­ver­sity fol­low­ing rural women in China, found that the ben­e­fits to the mother are long last­ing and can reduce can­cer risk before and after menopause.

In the US less than 13 of women con­tinue breast-​feeding for six months after the birth of their infant. Only small por­tions of women in the US breast-​feed their babies until 2 years old. How­ever, in China, as in other devel­op­ing areas, breast-​feeding for longer peri­ods of time is normal.

One of the two pos­si­ble rea­sons given by the researchers was that breast-​feeding reduces expo­sure to estro­gen and the reg­u­lar female hor­mone cycles. The other pos­si­ble rea­son given by the researchers is that fat-​soluble can­cer caus­ing agents and other pol­lu­tants are not stored in the tis­sues of women’s breasts as eas­ily when they are breast-​feeding.

The Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics rec­om­mends breast-​feeding for babies at least up to the first year of life. UNICEF and the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion go even far­ther and rec­om­mend that babies be breast-​fed with the addi­tion of other foods until at least the age of two.

Ran­dom Article

A cute lit­tle news fea­ture that aired in March of 2004 on the TV sta­tion KSFY from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, fol­lowed the story

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