October as Breast Cancer Awareness Day: Here To Know About it All

Seema Rai
Seema Rai

In addition to being beneficial to your child’s health, continuing to breastfeed after the age of six months increases your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer

Cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer that affects many women worldwide. Because there is little awareness about its signs and symptoms. Treatment options, and so on, its progression is rapid. However, discussions about breast cancer and its prevention occur concurrently with breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is thought to be extremely beneficial for newborn babies. Who are exclusively fed mother’s milk for a few months after birth to build immunity. The milk feeds and hydrates the baby while also protecting them from various diseases. Doctors, on the other hand, have frequently suggested that breastfeeding can also help prevent breast cancer.

Breastfeeding, according to Dr Tushar Parikh, consultant neonatologist and paediatrician at Motherhood Hospital in Kharadi, Pune, reduces a mother’s risk of developing pre- and post-menopausal breast cancer. In addition, continuing to breastfeed beyond the recommended six months may provide additional security. The majority of breastfeeding mothers experience hormonal changes that cause their menstrual cycles to be delayed during lactation. “In the long run, this reduces a woman’s exposure to hormones like oestrogen, which can promote the formation of breast cancer cells,” the doctor explains.

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According to the doctor, breast milk meets at least half of your child’s nutritional needs after six months, and after that. You can gradually introduce things like fruits, vegetables, and baby cereal. However, you should continue breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding after the age of six months not only benefits your child’s health, but it also increases your protection against breast and ovarian cancer. It is critical to understand that alcohol consumption increases the risk of pre and post-menopausal cancer. Whereas strenuous exercise significantly reduces that risk.

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