Breastfeeding protects against current asthma up to six years of age
A large prospective study was carried out in New Zealand to investigate the effects of breastfeeding on wheezing and current asthma in children 2 to 6 years of age.
Breastfeeding reduces risk of developing asthma-related symptoms
This study examined the associations of breastfeeding duration and exclusiveness with the risks of asthma-related symptoms in preschool children.
Study demonstrates breastfeeding protects against asthma regardless of parental history
A longitudinal study in Holland was carried out to assess the association between breastfeeding and asthma in children from 1 to 8 years of age.
Breastfeeding for at least four months increases lung volume in children
Two recent studies have looked at lung function in children who were breastfed.
Impact of maternal diet, breastfeeding and introduction of solids on devlopment of atopic disease
A review by the American Academy of Pediatrics of the evidence about the development of atopic disease (atopic dermatitis, asthma, food allergy) in early life related to the diet of babies, and of mothers during pregnancy and lactation, has been published.
Exclusive breastfeeding leads to reduction in asthma and atopy at age 6
An investigation among 2,195 children followed up to age 6 years concludes that less exclusive breastfeeding leads to increases in child asthma and atopy.
Longer breastfeeding linked to reduced atopic dermatitis and asthm
Research from Germany suggests that longer duration of breastfeeding decreases the risk of allergies in early childhood, especially in children of mothers without a family history, and proposes a mechanism which may explain the protective effect.
Exclusive breastfeeding protects against asthma
Children aged 6 years were more likely to be asthma sufferers if they had not been exclusively breastfed for at least 4 months, regardless of their mother's asthma status.
Breastfeeding reduces risk of five types of allergic disease
A birth cohort of 4,089 infants was followed prospectively in Stockholm, Sweden. Information about various exposures was obtained by parental questionnaires when the infants were 2 months old, and about allergic symptoms and feeding at 1 and 2 years of age.
Exclusive breastfeeding reduces risk of asthma and wheezing
An Australian study followed 2,187 children from birth to age 6 years and found that the introduction of milk other than breastmilk before 4 months of age was a significant risk factor for asthma.
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