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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can breast cancer be caused by breastfeeding?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: In fact, it offers protection.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
NO: In fact breast feeding has been claimed by some to be preventive and may lessen the risk of developing breast cancer!
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Breastfeeding absolutely does not cause breast cancer, and probably offers some protection.
Mar 16, 2013

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Does breastfeeding reduce the risk of breast cancer?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Women who have had children and breast feed have a lower risk for breast cancer as opposed to never pregnant women, obese women and smokers.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

Does breastfeeding reduce a womens chance of breast cancer?

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Dr. Adam King
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes!!: Breast feeding is thought to be "protective" for breast cancer. However, there are many other factors that go into breast cancer risk. So, breast feed with the reassurance you are reducing your overall risk, but please speak with your physician about the many other factors (family history, smoking, age of first period, etc.) that effect your overall risk.

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