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Exclusive Breastfeeding Prevents Allergies

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 10:16

A large cohort study concludes that exclusive breast feeding seems to have a preventive effect on the early development of allergic disease—that is, asthma, atopic dermatitis, and suspected allergic rhinitis, up to 2 years of age. This protective effect was also evident for multiple allergic diseases.

I Kull, M Wickman, G Lilja, S L Nordvall and G Pershagen   Breast feeding and allergic diseases in infants-a prospective birth cohort study   Archives of Disease in Childhood 2002 (Dec);   87 (6):   478-481