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A study involving over 4,000 infants found that those who were exclusively breast fed during the first four months had a reduced risk of asthma during the first four years of their life. The protective benefits increased if at least partial breast feeding continued after four months. 6.4% of 4 year olds who were breast-fed as infants developed asthma compared to 9.1 who hadn't been exclusively breast fed during the first four months. The results were published by Swedish researchers in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
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About: Study proves that exclusive breastfeeding has protective effect against asthma
Date: 8 December 2004
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