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What to Know if You're Breastfeeding
"Breast is best" is a common mantra for feeding your baby. It is also thought to be a good deterrent for breast cancer.
While this is another issue that needs more research, nursing your baby can reduce your risk of breast cancer. And the longer you breastfeed, the lower your risk. One study has shown that women who breastfed for a (lifetime) total of one year were less likely to develop breast cancer than those who never breastfed. Those who nursed their babies for a (lifetime) total of two years doubled their benefits.