Breastfeeding Helps Preventing Asthma
Although there are many women out there who cannot even bear the thought of breast feeding, it seems that doing so for 6 months or more can prevent babies from getting asthma.
According to a new study, it seems that children who are breastfed for six months or even more have lower chances of developing asthma, in comparison to their peers who may get breastfed for a shorter period of time. Although this is not the first study to show the link between breast feeding and lower risks of asthma, it is the first one to present how breast feeding and the period during which this happens affects the baby. For instance, if a baby is breastfed for 4 months or even less, by the age of 4, he or she will have symptoms of asthma for sure.
The Dutch researchers involved in the study analyzed data coming from 5,000 children in relation to the way in which they were fed during the first year of their life. What the researchers really wanted to know was whether the babies were breastfed or not and if so, for how long. Another thing that went on the researchers’ records was whether or not mother used milk supplements during that period of one year. Then, the researchers examined each and every child until they reached the age of 4, in order to see if the children got asthma symptoms or not.
What the researchers found out after this study was that children who had never been breastfed had a very high risk of present asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, runny noses and such in the first four years of their life, in comparison to those children who had been breastfed for at least 6 months in the first year of their life. Moreover, it seems that children who had also received milk supplements during the first year of their life also had higher chances of experiencing wheezing, coughing, runny noses and phlegm in the first 4 years of their months, in comparison who children who had only been fed breast milk exclusively. “The link of duration and exclusiveness of breast-feeding with asthma-related symptoms during the first four years was independent of infectious and allergic diseases. These results support current health policy strategies that promote exclusive breast-feeding for six months in industrialized countries,” said Dr Agnes Sonnenschein-van der Voort from the Erasmus Medical Center in The Netherlands.
Te overall conclusion of the study was that women should not restrain themselves from breastfeeding, especially because it can do them a lot of good, but also because they can protect their babies better if they breastfeed them. It is widely known that breast milk has a lot of good things in it that can prevent the babies from getting all sorts of nasty diseases while they are little. The trick is to only feed your baby breast milk during his first six months of life and you will have no problem with him or her getting asthma by the time he or she is four years of age.11