Just in case all of the other benefits of breastfeeding weren’t enough, it also reduces a woman’s risk of developing breast, uterine, ovarian, and endometrial cancers.
The total amount of time that a woman spends breastfeeding over her lifetime is inversely proportional to her risk of breast cancer.
Not only that, but women who were breastfed as infants, even if only for a short time, showed an approximate 25% lower risk of developing breast cancer, compared to women who were bottle-fed as an infant.
Is it any coincidence that the US breast cancer rates are finally plateauing just as the US breastfeeding rates hit a record high? I think not. (Sadly, only 11% of those women are still breastfeeding at 6 months, but that’s a whole ‘nother post for another day.)
See these articles for more information about how breastfeeding benefits mothers: