It is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of getting breast cancer, but it is possible to reduce the risk by maintaining a good lifestyle, getting sufficient exercise and by maintaining a healthy weight. Research has been conducted on this subject and many studies are still going on to establish this fact. Breastfeeding is widely considered to be a protective measure against breast cancer. However, researchers to prove this are still in progress and it is quite a difficult area to study.
According to some studies, it is found that women who have many children whom they breastfeed for a longer time are at a relatively lower risk of breast cancer. The risk is higher for women who have never breasts feeding and for those women who stopped feeding the babies a few months after birth and switched to baby food formulas. It is reported that the breast cancer diagnosis rates were Slightly lower case of women who had breasts feeding and in women who breastfed their babies for a longer duration. Several workshops also suggest that the risk of breast cancer is lowered only in case of mothers who breastfed their babies for a longer period of time. Conclusive evidence points to the fact that women get protection from aggressive types of breast cancer, through breastfeeding. That includes mutational activities in the breast cancer gene or the BRCA1 gene that cause tumors, basal-like cancers, triple negative tumors and hormone-receptor-negative.
The impact on cancer risk and its relation to breastfeeding is still not clear in several aspects, but it is proven to have many health benefits for babies in the long run. It is highly recommended by pediatricians that women should breastfeed their babies exclusively for a period of 6 months and continue breastfeeding till the child turns one year old or even a little longer, till other foods are introduced. It was found that women who breastfed for a time period of up to two years in their lifetime, was at a lower risk of breast cancer.