Breast milk is one the richest and most purest forms of nutrition for an infant, that we all know. But what some of us aren’t aware of is this – that breastfeeding can lower the mother’s risk for some cancers.

Yes, in this blog, let’s discuss the correlation between breastfeeding and cancer prevention. But before that, here are some facts that you should be aware of. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer deaths worldwide continue to rise with an estimated 14 million deaths in 2030. Obviously, it is common knowledge now that breast cancer has been a silent killer amongst urban populations – especially women. When it comes to treating this killer disease, we at the Onco-Life Cancer Centre are doing all that we can to combat it expertly, making us one of the best cancer hospitals in Maharashtra.

A boon for infants, as well as mothers: Since World Breastfeeding Week falls in the first week of August, there couldn’t be a better time than now to talk about breastfeeding and the health benefits it holds. As one of the best cancer hospitals in Maharashtra, we at Onco-Life Cancer Centre take great pride in promoting the benefits of breastfeeding to all expecting moms. Everyone knows that breastfeeding has many upsides to the baby, but the lesser known fact is how it can be a boon to mothers as well. To begin with, it lowers a mother’s risk for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. But that’s not all. It can also lower the mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Despite these heartening facts, a study conducted recently suggests that only 1 out of 4 people feel that breastfeeding can be beneficial in preventing cancer for the mother.

Beneficial to infants and Mommy: We must first realise that for general health, breastfeeding is really good. Let’s look at infants first. When they’re breastfed, they have a lower chance of getting diseases like asthma, obesity, ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, and gastrointestinal infections such as diarrhea. Now to mothers. When they breastfeed, they suffer from lower risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes and breast and ovarian cancers. The reason for this could be that mothers experience hormonal changes that may delay her periods, which reduces her lifetime exposure to hormones such as estrogen, which are directly linked to higher risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Another way in which breastfeeding can help is that after lactation, the breast sheds a lot of tissue during which it can also get rid of cells with damaged DNA, that give rise to cancers. As one of the best cancer hospitals in Maharashtra, Onco-Care Cancer Centre has been taking active steps to promote and create awareness about breastfeeding amongst young mothers.

Breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months and even longer: When it comes to breastfeeding, the verdict is pretty clear. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends only breast milk for babies till they’re six months old and suggest that it can be continued till two years of age, if combined with other homemade foods.

Apart from breastfeeding, beware of other trigger factors: Yes, breastfeeding can be very beneficial but do be warned that there are other factors that need to be taken care of. Being overweight and carrying excess body fat can raise the risk for developing breast cancer after menopause. Also when it comes to pre and post menopausal breast cancers, it is important to be aware that alcohol consumption raises the risk, while vigorous exercise reduces it hugely.

It’s a personal choice, but a wise choice: Onco-Life Cancer Centre has been a pioneer in Maharashtra in providing highly expert Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Care with highly experienced Oncology specialists to take care of patients through the journey. No wonder it’s one of the best cancer hospitals in Maharashtra.  All said and done, breastfeeding is a personal choice – whether you choose to do it for two months or two years. However, be aware that it comes with many health benefits, for both mother and child.