Women Who Breastfeed For 6 Months May Reduce Their Risk Of Developing Endometrial Cancer, Research Suggests

Reuters (6/1, Crist) reports that research suggests “women who breastfeed their babies for the recommended six months may also be lowering their own risk of developing endometrial cancer.” Investigators found, “in the analysis of data from 17 past studies…that women who had ever breastfed their children were 11 percent less likely than women who had children but didn’t breastfeed to be diagnosed with endometrial cancer.” The data indicated “longer breastfeeding seemed to further lower endometrial cancer risk, though there was little extra benefit past 6-9 months of breastfeeding.” The findings were published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.