Can breastfeeding help protect babies from wheezing?

New research published 2 May 2017 in the European Respiratory Journal by AllerGen trainee Lorena Vehling and AllerGen investigator Dr. Meghan Azad shows that breastfed babies have a reduced rate of wheezing, putting them at a lower risk for asthma later on.

The study also finds that among “high-risk” infants born to mothers with asthma, breastfeeding is especially protective against wheezing.

The study, “Breastfeeding, maternal asthma, and wheezing in the first year of life: a longitudinal birth cohort study,” analyzes data from 2,700 infants and their parents participating in the CHILD Study.

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