Breastfeeding Reduces Breast Cancer Risk, Ohio State Research Shows

Ohio State research is shining more light on the link between breastfeeding and reduced breast cancer risk.

While doctors have long been aware of the effect of breastfeeding on risk, the new research provides further details. Among this new information are the findings that duration plays a role, with prolonged breastfeeding resulting in reduced risk, as well as the identification of the aggressive triple-negative breast cancer as the type of the disease that’s impacted.

While the link between breastfeeding and breast cancer risk is widely known, most women aren’t hearing that information from their doctors, according to study leader Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, MD, of the OSUCCC – James.

“There is not enough messaging. That should really come from medical physicians, midwives and other healthcare providers, to say, ‘Hey, breastfeeding not only benefits infant health, but it also reduces your risk of developing breast cancer, and there is also actually new data that it reduces the risk of future diabetes.’”