I would imagine that breast cancer is a terrible diagnosis to face. I cannot imagine the thought of something happening to my breasts. While they are not perfect, they are mine and whole. They have nourished my son for five months now. They make milk that is so sweet and rich that my 7lb 11oz boy has grown to over 20lbs. They are amazing and they make me feel amazing, as a mother, as a wife, and as a woman.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I urge all women to perform their self breast exams every month. I urge all women to breastfeed their babies. A study from Yale University found that women who breastfed for 2 years or longer reduced their risk of developing breast cancer by 50%. Many studies agree that the nation's rise in breast cancer rates can be linked to the fact that women in this country are choosing to use artificial infant formula instead of nursing. This is just one of the many reasons to nurse! And just one of the many reasons that I am proud to call myself a lactivist.