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The Continuous Update Project (CUP) is an ongoing program that analyzes global research on how diet, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk and survival.

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AICR champions research that increases understanding of the relationship between nutrition, lifestyle, and cancer.

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AICR is committed to putting what we know about cancer prevention into action. To help you live healthier, we’ve taken the latest research and made 10 Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.

Recommendation

For Mothers: Breastfeed Your Baby, If You Can

Breastfeeding is good for both mother and baby.

Breastfeed your baby if you are able. Breastfeeding offers numerous health benefits for the baby and mother. Evidence strongly suggests breastfeeding can help protect mothers by lowering risk for breast cancer.  Studies show that breastfed babies may be less likely to develop overweight and obesity when they grow into adulthood.

The World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend mothers should exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first 6 months of life, if possible. After that, age-appropriate solid and liquid foods can be added to the baby’s diet to supplement breastfeeding.

In addition to being the most basic and natural way to nourish a baby, breastfeeding drops the levels of some cancer-related hormones in a mother’s body, lowering her risk for developing breast cancer.

Equally important, studies show that breast milk contains the nutrients babies require for healthy development. Breastfeeding also helps protect babies from infection and disease.

Furthermore, research also suggests that babies who breastfeed may be less likely to develop overweight or obesity when they grow into adulthood.

Rely on mother nature for feeding your baby.

  • Immune System Boost

    Breastfeeding provides short and long-term benefits for the baby — it protects the development of the immature immune system and protects against infections during infancy.

  • Lower Risk of Diseases

    Beastfeeding benefits continue into childhood and adulthood with lower risks of asthma and type 2 diabetes.  Additionally, mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Lower Risk of Obesity

    Children who were breastfed as babies also have lower risk for having overweight or obesity in adulthood. Children with excess body fat tend to have it in adult life, which increases the risk for many cancers.

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