Breastfed children less likely to have asthma, respiratory issues

World Breastfeeding Week…. Day 2

New research shows breastfeeding infants for six months can reduce the likelihood of asthma and other related respiratory illnesses in early childhood. Children who are not breastfeed are up to 50 percent more likely to experience respiratory issues like wheezing, asthma and persistant phlegm.

The European Respiratory Journal released the study July 20. Researchers looked at 5,368 childrenand information on breastfeeding duration, exclusiveness and asthma-related symptoms.

The study looked at the respiratory symptoms during the first four years of life. Breastfed babies who were simulatenously fed solids also were at increased risk.

Protection against respiratory ailments is the latest benefit associated with breastfeeding. Previous research has shown lower risks for the following: ear infections, stomach viruses, obesity, diabetes, childhood leukemia and necrotizing enterocolitis, a gastrointestinal disease in preterm infants, among other things.