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Breastfeeding May Shield Moms From Cancer

A new study has found that breastfeeding may protect women against certain types of breast cancer, The Boston Globe reports.

Researchers used data from the Black Women's Health Study, which has followed 59,000 African American women since 1995.

African American women who have two or more children face a much higher risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer than those with no kids.

From the Globe:

[The] study led by Julie Palmer, senior epidemiologist for Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, found that breast-feeding may mitigate that risk. African-American women who had two or more children and breast-fed had no more risk of the cancer than those who had no children. One theory is that breast-feeding allows the breast to return more slowly to its normal structure after childbirth.

Palmer says that encouraging African American women to breastfeed might lower the cancer rate.

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