Maternal Asthma, Breastfeeding and Lung Function at School Age

A study conducted by the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland and published in the January 2012 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that breastfeeding is associated with improved lung function at school age, particularly in children of asthmatic mothers. “In our cohort of school age children, breastfeeding was associated with modest improvement in forced mid-expiratory flow (FEF50) in our whole group and with improvements in forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume at 1 second (FEV1) only in the children of asthmatic mothers,” said Claudia E. Kuehni, MD, MSc, professor at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern. “In contrast, some earlier studies have suggested that breastfeeding might be harmful in the offspring of mothers with asthma.”  To read the full report click here.

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