Findings have consistently shown a decreased risk of maternal breast cancer with longer durations of breastfeeding (Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, 2002; Chang-Claude, Eby, Kiechle, Bastert, & Becher, 2000; Brinton et al., 1995).
Research suggests that breastfeeding provides some protection for the mother against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and weak bones later in life.
The fat in breastmilk contains high levels of cholesterol and this may protect your child from high cholesterol levels later in life.
Breastfeeding should continue for up to two years or more with the introduction of nutrient rich complementary foods from the age of six months.
Many people know that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to infant feeding. However, the research is growing that shows that there are also risks of not breastfeeding. The following fast facts highlight the growing number of benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the risks associated with not breastfeeding your baby.
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