Breastfeeding for four months enhances children's lung function.
Article Type: Clinical report
Subject: Breast feeding (Health aspects)
Lungs (Care and treatment)
Children (Health aspects)
Children (Research)
Author: Thompson, June
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 192802948
Full Text: Ogbuanu IU, Karmaus W, Arshad SH, Kurukulaaratchy RJ, Ewart S. Effect of breastfeeding duration on lung function at age 10 years: a prospective birth cohort study. Thorax, 2009; 64(1): 62-6.

Breastfeeding for at least four months has been found to enhance lung volume in children aged 10 years, a study has concluded. The association between breastfeeding duration and lung function within the Isle of Wight birth cohort (n=1456) was assessed by researchers from the University of South Carolina and the David Hide Asthma and Allergy Research Centre, Isle of Wight. Breastfeeding practices and duration were prospectively assessed at birth and at subsequent follow-up visits at one and two years, and lung function was measured at age 10 years (n=1033). Lung function assessment included forced vital capacity (FVC), forced expiratory volume and peak expiratory flow (PEF).

Compared with children who were not breastfed, those who were breastfed for at least four months had FVC values that were 54ml larger on average than those of children who had not been breastfed. This paper adds to the evidence supporting the promotion of prolonged breastfeeding for the improvement of lung volume in late childhood, conclude the authors.
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