Breastfeeding gives infants better chance of immunity to various illnesses. This is because the mother’s antibodies are passed to the baby through the breastmilk. Since vaccines are not given until the two-month mark, this is a great benefit for these tiny beings who are exposed to new germs and potentially fatal viruses with a brand-new immune system.
Study Finds Breastfeeding Beneficial When it Comes to Leukemia
A new study has discovered that breastfeeding has been found to be linked to lower instances of childhood leukemia. Throughout the world, 175,000 cases of childhood leukemia are diagnosed annually.
Those cases are found in children age 15 and under. More than 18 studies on childhood leukemia and the potential connections to breastfeeding were looked at by researchers who published findings in the periodical JAMA Pediatrics. These studies were reviewed for their information regarding the likelihood of diagnosis of childhood leukemia and the proportion of children who were breastfed at all versus those who were never the recipients of breast milk.
Decrease of Leukemia Risk Found to be almost 20-percent
Those researchers determined that a 19-percent decreased risk of childhood leukemia occurred when individuals were breastfed for six months or longer. Indeed, even those children who were breastfed less than six months received an 11-percent decreased risk of being diagnosed with childhood leukemia, compared to those children who were only fed formula.
It is important to note that this study looked at 18 studies that were completed. It is possible that other factors, like selectional bias for test subjects or outlying factors that influenced both the breastfeeding aspect of the surveys and the risks of childhood leukemia were not appropriately weighed during this study of those previously completed studies.
Researchers noted the importance of emphasizing the health benefits of breastfeeding to new mothers and those who hoped to become pregnant. They also noted the need for further studies regarding this topic, in order to deal with various other factors and improve the clarity of the results showing this connection.
Researchers also noted the importance of sharing the health benefits of breastfeeding with society in general, as part of an effort to normalize breastfeeding and save more lives from childhood leukemia. This would be a great step forward for society and for science, as it finds an already important life choice for women to be helpful further in protecting children from leukemia. In order to better serve the future of humans, it is a great thing that breastfeeding can be even more beneficial.