A new study from Journal of American Medicine Pediatrics examined 18 previous studies and found that children who were breastfed six months or longer had a 19% lower risk of developing childhood leukemia than those who were not breastfed at all or those who were breastfed for a shorter period of time. Using 18 studies (which encompassed about 28,000 children, including about 10,000 who went on to develop leukemia), the study found an association that they hope could lead to fewer cases of leukemia — although the researchers point out that more investigation is needed and that no causal link has been determined. Leukemia accounts for 30% of all childhood cancers and is a leading cause of death among children in the developing world. We’re all for breastfeeding whenever possible, and this study just adds to the list of reasons why.

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