06 Feb '12, 6am

Breastfed babies less likely to develop asthma, says two new reports

BERN - Kids who were breastfed as babies may have better lung function, and a lower risk of asthma, than those who were formula-fed, two new reports suggest. Researchers said that past studies have found conflicting results when it comes to the effects of breastfeeding on kids' lungs, with some research suggesting that moms with asthma who breastfeed may be putting their kids at risk as well. But the new research hints that it is not the case, and that babies with asthmatic moms may get just as much benefit from breastfeeding, if not more, compared to those with asthma-free mothers. "I think the evidence is that breastfeeding increases lung volume, independent of if the mother is asthmatic or not," said Dr Wilfried Karmaus, who studies asthma at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and was not involved in the new work. "If the lung volume is increased, then you are...

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