Breastfeeding, some mamas do it and others struggle or choose not to. The month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re unpacking if there is a connection between breast cancer and breastfeeding.
First, let’s start by saying that breastfeeding is a choice that should be made by Mom! Being a Mom is tough and not choosing to breastfeed is not something to sweat over. So, for Mamas who don’t breastfeed, 30 minutes of exercise a day and a healthy diet can help drastically reduce your chances of getting breast cancer.
Now, for women that do choose to breastfeed, studies done by Susan G Komen have found that breastfeeding can reduce breast cancer in a premenopausal woman. You may be wondering, how do they work with each other? Well, when you breastfeed your body naturally produces oxytocin and a bunch of other good chemicals. This helps your body to block out hormone positive and hormone negative receptors, which then lowers your likelihood of developing breast cancer later on.
Being a new mom, or a been there done that mom, you should know that your breasts will change just like many other parts of your body. It’s important to keep up with exams and even perform home exams every once and a while to make sure everything has stayed the same.
Remember breastfeeding is not the only way to reduce your risks of breast cancer, living a healthy and happy life is also a big proponent. But if you are a Mama who is breastfeeding, check out our True Milk, it will help increase your milk supply and create sweeter tasting milk- things that you and your baby will love.