A new Dutch study argues that breastfeeding for at least six months helps reduce a child’s risk of developing asthma. Published in the European Respiratory Journal and examining more than 5,000 preschool children via questionnaire, is the first to link length of time breastfeeding with preventing asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. According to WebMD,
"Children who were never breastfed had almost 50% more risk of wheezing symptoms as compared to children who were breastfed for more than six months," says Liesbeth Duijts, MD, PhD, a researcher at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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