Lower Your Baby’s Risk of Leukemia

Lower Your Baby's Risk of Leukemia

Discovering that your child has cancer is one of a parent’s worst nightmares. A study in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute looked at risks of leukemia, the most common childhood cancer.

Babies who are breastfed even one month lower their risk of leukemia by 20%. We’ve known that breastfeeding powerfully prevents infections, allergies, and asthma. This study suggests that breast milk’s immune properties are even more powerful than we thought. Babies who were breastfed for 6 months enjoyed an even lower risk of leukemia (30% less).

Isn’t it wonderful that mothers have such a special gift to be able to give to their babies?

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Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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