How Breastfeeding Saved One Mom's Life

mom breastfeeding babyWe often hear that breastfeeding is best for babies, but as we see in a story coming out of the United Kingdom, it can also work medical miracles for mom. Ellen Rees, a 38-year-old mother from Surrey, was breastfeeding her son when she realized she was lactating blood.

She told the Irish Examiner the blood was really her only symptom of what turned out to be breast cancer. Neither Rees nor her doctors felt any lumps in the breast, but after two months of tests and scans, doctors found pre-cancerous cells in the milk ducts.

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Luckily, since the cancer was detected in its very early stages, Ellen has undergone a mastectomy and is now officially cancer-free. And it's all thanks to the nursing.

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"If I hadn’t spotted the blood, the cancer could’ve spread," she told the Examiner. "As there were no lumps, I dread to think what could have happened. I truly believe breastfeeding saved my life."

That's one seriously scary thought, but it's a good thing she spotted the change quickly.

While Ellen's story is certainly unique (breastfeeding, overall, actually decreases breast cancer risk by a third), we can all take away one very important lesson: moms, watch out for what comes out of the breast.

Yes, breast milk will be the main component, especially during your nursing months, but being on the lookout for any other possible signs is always a good preventative measure. You never know when it could save your life -- literally.

Did you ever notice anything different about your breast milk?

 

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