Breastfeeding is no safeguard against breast cancer - don't believe the hype!
I remember when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I thought “I can’t be! I breastfed”. In fact, I didn’t only breastfeed for the first six months but with the first child I went for 14 months and with the second about 12 months.
All the stats at that time said that if you breast feed you wouldn’t get cancer. So, once again the rubbish was published yesterday in an article in the Guardian.
The article discusses a study called The Million Woman study It discusses why lifestyle is important with cancer diagnosis and how Asian women have less cancer than white women.
Have heard this so many times it gets boring. The study says the same thing everyone else says –
Being fat can give you cancer
Being too thin can give you cancer
Alcohol can give you cancer and all the rest.
It also talks about breastfeeding and says .....(source Guardian article):
Having more children and breastfeeding for longer is known to help protect women from breast cancer; a finding the Million Women Study, which is jointly funded by Cancer Research UK and the Medical Research Council, had already demonstrated. The white women had an average of 2.1 children, while the south Asians had 2.7 and the black women 2.9.
Far higher proportions of south Asian women (85%) and black women (83%) had ever breast fed compared with the white women (69%).
And, in relation to another risk factor, white women were more likely to have a close relative with breast cancer (10%), compared with black women (7%) and south Asian women (5%).
Well, I conducted a study about this on our group of very rare metaplastic breast cancer girls and we came up with another theory.
- Many of us breast fed
- Many of us got mastitis while during or after breastfeeding
- 50% of the ones who did get mastitis also had their cancer start in their milk ducts.
Did breast feeding give us cancer?
Well I don’t know but I wish someone would look into this aspect rather than regurgitate BS we have heard over and over and over and over again.