Navigation Links
Breast-feeding for 6 Months or More Protects Against Asthma
Date:7/21/2011

THURSDAY, July 21 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who are exclusively breast-fed for six months or more are less likely to develop symptoms of asthma in early childhood, new research suggests.

Although previous studies have found a link between breast-feeding and a reduced risk for childhood asthma, this study also found the likelihood of developing asthma is also affected by how long a child is breast-fed. For instance, children who are breast-feed for a shorter length of time, or not exclusively, are more likely to experience asthma-related symptoms by the time they are 4.

Dutch researchers compiled information on how more than 5,000 children were fed during their first year of life. Specifically, they wanted to know if the children were breast-fed, and if so, for how long. The researchers also recorded if and when any other milk or solids were introduced.

The researchers examined the children each year until they turned 4 to check for any asthma-related symptoms.

The study, published online in the European Respiratory Journal, found that children who had never been breast-fed had an increased risk of wheezing, shortness of breath, dry cough and persistent phlegm during the first four years of life, compared to children who were breast-fed for more than six months.

In fact, children who were never breast-fed were up to 1.5 times more likely to develop wheezing and persistent phlegm.

Meanwhile, the children who were fed other milk or solids in addition to breast milk during the first four months of life were also more likely to experience wheezing, shortness of breath, dry cough and persistent phlegm during the first four years of life than children who were exclusively breast-fed for their first four months.

"The link of duration and exclusiveness of breast-feeding with asthma-related symptoms during the first four years was independent of infectious and [allergic diseases associated with an inherited predisposition to them]. These results support current health policy strategies that promote exclusive breast-feeding for six months in industrialized countries," study author Dr Agnes Sonnenschein-van der Voort, a researcher at Generation R, Erasmus Medical Center in The Netherlands, said in a news release from the European Lung Association.

The study authors noted that more research in needed to explore the protective effect of breast-feeding on the various types of asthma in later life.

More information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides more information on the benefits of breastfeeding.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: European Lung Foundation, news release, July 21, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Breast-Feeding May Not Protect Moms Against MS Relapse
2. Breast-feeding May Shield Against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
3. Breast-Feeding May Help Quell Behavior Problems
4. Breast-feeding May Influence Long-Term Health: Study
5. Longer Breast-Feeding May Be Key to Bigger Brains
6. Breast-Feeding May Cut Obesity Risk in Kids of Diabetic Moms
7. Breast-Feeding May Counter Some Effects of Childhood Cancer
8. Breast-Feeding Wont Rob Mom of Sleep: Study
9. Breast-Feeding Less Common for Black Moms
10. Antiretrovirals During Breast-Feeding Shield Babies From HIV, Study Shows
11. Wider Breast-Feeding Could Save Babies Lives
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Breast-feeding for 6 Months or More Protects Against Asthma
(Date:8/19/2017)... ... , ... “Congratulations! It's A Boy! God’s Gift: A Story of Love”: a ... “Congratulations! It's A Boy! God’s Gift: A Story of Love” is the creation of ... , Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Dale Anthony and Rachael Anthony’s new book is ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... More ... the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) thanks to an ambitious venture that conjoined the ... well as the generous support of the Liberty community. These shoes will save lives ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... , ... August 18, 2017 ... ... Quick International, LLC (“Quick”), a highly specialized asset-light logistics provider of complex ... into a definitive agreement to purchase Unitrans International Corporation, a division of ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... this summer’s edition of “Vision & Hearing,” advocating for active, healthy lifestyles and ... on resources available for individuals with hearing impairments and shares the latest innovations ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... liquid handling handheld devices. Through an educational webinar, they will present the line ... a chance to learn how easy you can automate everyday pipetting tasks. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/7/2017)... Aug. 7, 2017  Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ... to resolve virtually all known U.S. mesh product liability ... resolve the known remaining U.S. claims at reasonable values. ... in the fourth quarter of 2017 and continuing through ... second quarter 2017 results, the Company intends to increase ...
(Date:8/3/2017)... SAN DIEGO , Aug. 3, 2017  Opioid ... crippling diseases driving up healthcare costs and threatening outcomes, ... the lab supply and IVD industry that support them, ... health care market researcher said that drugs of abuse, ... vendors and sessions at the organization,s 69th meeting in ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... Flight Network and PeaceHealth Oregon Network announced they renewed a ... efficiency for patients at hospitals in Eugene ... , and Florence, Oregon , who ... work collaboratively to move patients who require the highest level ... emergency exists. PeaceHealth ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: