Breastfeeding improves children’s lung function

HealthDay reported, “Breast-feeding is associated with improved lung function in school-age children, particularly those with asthmatic mothers,” according to a study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

After measuring lung functions of 12-year-old children, researchers found that “breast-fed kids overall had a ‘modest improvement’ in forced mid-expiratory flow (FEF50),” and “breast-fed kids whose mothers also had asthma also did better on two other lung function tests, forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume at one second (FEV1).”

MedPage Today reported, “Investigators found no associations between breastfeeding and FEV1/FVC or peak expiratory flow.” Also covering the story were WebMD and Reuters.

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