Women who have survived childhood cancer should be advised to breastfeed if they can, in order to offset some of the negative health effects of their earlier cancer treatment. According to Susan Ogg and colleagues from St Jude Children's Research Hospital in the US, making women aware of the benefits of breastfeeding should be part of routine post-cancer diet and healthy lifestyle recommendations.
Their work is published online in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.
It is well established that breast-feeding confers a number of health benefits to both infants and their mothers. Ogg and team looked at whether breast feeding might result in the same benefits to women who have survived childhood cancer.