Breastfeeding Linked to a Lower Risk of Cancer in Kids

Children who consume breast milk for six months have a lower risk for childhood leukemia than those who don’t. A university in Israel looked at 18 studies on the topic of breastfeeding and childhood leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer. They found that breastfeeding a child for six months or longer was associated with a 19% lower risk for childhood leukemia, compared to children who had been breastfed for less time or not at all. Another of their analyses revealed that children who are ever breastfed, compared to those who were never breastfed, had an 11% lower risk for childhood leukemia.

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