Friday, October 5, 2012

Breastfeeding after Surviving Cancer: Inspiring Stories

As we begin the month of October, we’d like to join our voices with those of millions of others across the country in supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As leading advocates for breastfeeding, we know that breastfeeding has been medically linked to helping reduce women’s risk of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer, while also providing many other health benefits for both mom and baby – many of which we chat about frequently here OnCloudMom. According to a recent study from Harvard Medical School, women with a family history of breast cancer who have breastfed reduce their risk of getting pre-menopausal breast cancer by nearly 60%.

But what about breastfeeding after surviving breast cancer? How is that possible? And what are the challenges? The fact is breastfeeding after cancer can be possible for many women. A critical study was released 2010 and discussed in a great article in MomLogic that reinforced this. We encourage expectant moms who are cancer survivors to talk with their doctors to determine what is feasible for them and best for themselves and their babies.

Check out some important perspectives and personal stories that are truly inspiring about breastfeeding moms who are cancer survivors across the country:
  • Researchers studying breast cancers after pregnancy from USA Today
  • Some important information about a rare form of breast cancer called IBC from a survivor who is a breastfeeding mom, on the LeakyBoob
  • A riveting story about a mom who was diagnosed while still breastfeeding her youngest child, from KATU TV in Portland, Oregon.
Also, please remember that reducing the risk of breast cancer by breastfeeding is a powerful step towards prevention, but it’s not the only one. Make sure you are getting regular check-ups with your doctor and as directed professionally, going in for annual mammograms.

If you’re a mom planning to breastfeed following cancer, please contact us with any questions so we can help you maximize your success!

Throughout this month, we will be offering coupons and special giveaways through our Facebook and Twitter pages for some of our best-selling and most dependable breast feeding accessory products, including the leading mom-preferred, leak-proof milk storage bags and disposable nursing pads.

Thanks for spending time with us today and have a great week!


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