Breastfeeding is natural defence against diseases

02 Aug 2006 archivemedia

Research shows that breastfeeding is not only beneficial to the mother, by helping build up a defence to breast cancer, but it can also prevent eczema in children, Shadow Health Minister Vickie Chapman said today.

“This week is National Breastfeeding Week and I believe it is important that we encourage women to breastfeed by highlighting some of the benefits for themselves and their child, seeing that Australia lags behind the rest of the world with breastfeeding.

“Research released by the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) reveals that there is a link between reduced breast cancer rates and breastfeeding. According to international studies each child a woman gives birth to, and the subsequent years of breastfeeding, significantly reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

“While there are no guarantees evidence shows that there is a significant drop in mothers who breastfeed their children. It also shows breastfeeding can prevent the incidence of breast cancer in adults who have been breastfed as children.

“Breastfeeding has also been linked as beneficial Eczema prevention in children. ABA studies have revealed that Eczema is occurs less in breastfed children, as human milk contains anti-inflammatory properties.” Ms Chapman said.

Shadow Minister for the Status of Women, Michelle Lensink today applauded our society for becoming more accepting of breastfeeding in public.

“It was not that long ago that women were looked upon as disgusting for breastfeeding their child in public. I want to congratulate the ABA for advocating a woman’s right to breastfeed her child and for continually promoting the benefits of breastfeeding within out society.

“It is a natural right for a woman to be able to choose whether or not she wishes to breastfeed her child, and she should be able to do so without the shame previously associated with it.”