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Breastfeeding is associated with a decreased risk of childhood asthma exacerbations later in life

Ahmadizar F, Vijverberg SJH, Arets HGM, de Boer A, Garssen J, Kraneveld AD, Maitland-van der Zee AH (2017) Pediatr Allergy Immunol.  2017 Jul 29.  doi: 10.1111/pai.12760. [Epub ahead of print] 

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Abstract:

BACKGROUND:

Breastfeeding has been suggested to influence the risk of asthma and asthma severity in children. However, the conclusions from epidemiological studies are inconsistent.

METHODS:

We used data from 960 children (aged 4-12 years) using regular asthma medication who participated in the PACMAN study. Breastfeeding exposure was based on questionnaire data and stratified into: 1) ever versus never, and 2) ≥6 versus

RESULTS:

Breastfeeding was associated with a decreased risk of asthma exacerbations; adjusted (adj.) OR: 0.55 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.35-0.87). After stratification for duration of breastfeeding the adj. ORs were 0.48 (95% CI: 0.27-0.84) for duration

CONCLUSION:

In a pediatric population with asthma, children who had been breastfed had a statistically significantly lower risk of asthma exacerbations later in life compared to asthmatic children who had not been breastfed. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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