The uterus is a pear-shaped organ where the fetus develops when a woman gets pregnant. Endometrial cancer is the cancer that starts in the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus. A new study has determined that women who breastfeed their babies for six months are at a lower risk of developing endometrial cancer. The study involved 26,000 mothers sourced from 17 international studies out of which 9,000 had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Analysis proved that mothers who breastfed their infants during the first six months were 11 percent less likely to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer in comparison to women who did not breastfeed their infants. Breastfeeding for a longer time (six to nine months) further reduced the risk while there was no extra benefit past the ninth month.
Breastfeeding is beneficial to both, the baby and the mom. While it helps to protect the baby against diseases and fulfills all the nutrient requirements, it helps the mother to shed away the extra kilograms post-pregnancy and helps to bring the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size.
Hence, adding reduced risk of endometrial cancer as one of the benefits of breastfeeding (for the mother) is on the cards. Promotion, support and encouragement of breastfeeding might help to contribute to the prevention of this increasing cancer type.
Breastfeeding mothers need a well-balanced diet to provide nutrition to the baby as well as to keep herself nourished and healthy. A registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com can help the breastfeeding mom with a healthy diet plan to fulfill this requirement.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.