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Many Moms Aren't Learning About Breastfeeding And Cancer Prevention From Doctors

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For a lot of new mothers, they trust their primary care physicians and their nurses at the hospital more than they would probably trust their own family members. After all, they are the ones who helped deliver their most precious bundles of joy. But at the same time, many first-time parents have noticed that their doctors aren’t giving them enough information, especially when it comes to breastfeeding or cancer prevention, and this is where it becomes a problems.

Many moms will tell you that they often feel frustrated with breastfeeding, especially if it is their first time around and they are struggling.

The great thing about breastfeeding is that it’s not only super healthy and beneficial for babies, but for moms, too. As a matter of fact, many studies have shown that it reduces our chances of developing breast cancer later in life. Unfortunately, research shows that there aren’t many doctors out there who are actually educating their patients about the benefits of breastfeeding at all. To make matters worse, they are neglecting the subject altogether.

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According to the American Cancer Society, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer some time in her life is about 12 percent. So why isn’t enough being done to help prevent this statistic from growing? That’s because doctors aren’t doing enough to sit down with new moms and help encourage breastfeeding or better yet, give them the information they need on how breastfeeding helps reduce their breast cancer risk.

According to a study published by the Breastfeeding Medicine along with researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James), there are a good number of moms who are aware just how powerful breastfeeding is for their health. But here’s the thing: only 16 percent reported learning this from medical professionals.

Here’s another alarming statistic: 59 percent of the 39 women who didn't breastfeed said that if they knew that breastfeeding can reduce cancer risk, they might have given breastfeeding a go.

The results of the survey are a huge concern for many people. If you have questions, definitely speak up. Ask your doctor and demand to get as much information as possible. After all, they should be able to help you before, during and after your child birth needs.

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