Article in the Telegraph
"Whether they breastfeed two babies for six months each or one baby for a year, women can cut their risk of developing the disease significantly, said Dr Rachel Thompson, science programme manager for the World Cancer Research Fund.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with 45,000 cases diagnosed in Britain each year.
The protective effects of breastfeeding over a long period of time have been well documented.
Studies have shown mothers who breastfeed past a child's second birthday are half as likely to develop the disease as those who stop at 12 months.
However, a recent survey for the WCRF found that three out of four women were unaware that breastfeeding could cut their risk of developing the disease.
Speaking at the start of breast cancer awareness month, Dr Thompson urged mothers to breastfeed for as long as they could. She said brestfeeding for a year could reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 4.8 per cent
"We want to get across the message that breast-feeding is something positive that women can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer," she said.
"Because the evidence that breast-feeding reduces breast cancer risk is convincing, we recommend women should breast-feed exclusively for six months and then continue with complementary feeding after that.""
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