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Link Found Between Breast-Fed Children and Decreased Risk of Leukemia

In a new study according to The New York Times, researchers have proposed that the immune strengthening compounds and antibodies present in breast milk might explain an association was found between a lower risk of leukemia in children who were breastfed for at least 6 months. In the study from JAMA Pediatrics, 18 studies looking at 28,000 children found that children who were breastfed for at least 6 months had a 19% lower risk of leukemia compared with children who were breastfed for less time or no time at all. Nevertheless, more research is needed to find a direct cause and effect on the molecular level.

 

Read the article published by The New York Times.

Read the study published in Pediatrics.