The protective effect of breastfeeding is probably due to the balance of hormones produced during the breastfeeding process. By lowering levels of some cancer-related hormones in the mother’s body, the risk of cancer is reduced.


            Also, at the end of breastfeeding, the body gets rid of many cells in the breast, some of which may have DNA damage. This reduces the risk of breast cancer developing in the future.*  **

*Any lump, bleeding or soreness at the breast should be checked by a qualified healthcare provider immediately.


**NHS/ Health Scotland 2009




The above information is true at the time of update (08/27/2009). The information on  is for general information only. If you have serious concerns about your baby or breastfeeding, speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.