How Breastfeeding May Have Saved This Mom's Life

This amazing story shows just how powerful breastfeeding's effect can be—you'll never believe what it did for one mother.

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Sarah Boyle is only 26, so it wasn't surprising that the Staffordshire woman was more concerned with breastfeeding her son, Teddy, than her breast cancer risk. But then something surprising happened.

Teddy initially took to breastfeeding quite naturally, but when he was about six months old, he started having a visible aversion to Boyle's right breast. Because Teddy was so distressed, Boyle decided to ask for more aggressive screening of a cyst she found in the breast, even after doctors told her it was benign. Her baby's hunch was right on the money: Boyle was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. 

Boyle had reason to believe that milk from the affected breast started to taste different, which led Teddy to reject it.

"Nobody can say for certain whether it was Teddy," Boyle told BBC. But I know that if it wasn't for him then this time next year, it could've been completely different if I'd listened to doctors. Instead I listened to Teddy. [It's] because of him that I'm now being treated."

As it turns out, finding breast cancer during pregnancy and early motherhood isn't uncommon...but that doesn't make Boyle's story any less incredible. 

While breastfeeding has so many benefits for both mothers and their children, this story really blows us away. The bond between a mother and her child is a pretty amazing thing, as is breast milk's adaptability. Whether it was the milk changing taste or simply Teddy's instinctual understanding that something wasn't right, this story speaks volumes.