Breastfed babies for up to six months at least have a 19% lower risk of developing leukemia in childhood, compared to those who were breastfed for a shorter time or to non at all, a research study concluded.
These conclusions were derived by scientists after reviewing 18 different studies, while in a separate 15 study analysis, they discovered that children who were breastfed compared with kids who have never been breastfed had an eleven per cent lower chance of acquiring childhood leukemia.
The University of Haifa in Israel researchers, suggested that women should be educated on the health benefits of breastfeeding, and more efforts should be undertaken to allow women for easier access to breastfeed their babies even in public areas.
The most common cancer in childhood is leukemia, but still, there is little known about its cause.
The NHS in Britain is recommending breastfeeding as the healthiest option for babies up to six months old.
The total women who breastfeed in Britain has increased, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) declared.
A total of 55% mothers breastfeed their babies up to 6 weeks and 34% women breastfeed up to 6 months, though younger moms and those who live in a higher deprived areas are less likely to breastfeed.
The authors of the study authors suggested that the numerous biological mechanisms contained in breast milk could be the explanation for this astounding result. Breast milk is found to contain many active immunological components and anti-inflammatory defense mechanisms that impact the infant’s immune system development.