More Evidence Breast-Feeding Lowers Child’s Risk of Infections, Allergies

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two new studies further confirm the health benefits of breast-feeding.

One suggests that 6-year-olds who were breast-fed have a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections compared to bottle-fed infants, while the other finds a similar trend when it comes to allergies.

The research upholds the “many benefits of breast-feeding in the immediate newborn period,” said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She was not involved in the new studies.

The studies were published online Sept. 1 in the journal Pediatrics.

Current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics urge women to breast-feed baby exclusively for the first six months of life, and then combine breast milk and other foods until at least 12 months.

The two studies sought to determine if breast-feeding’s health benefits lingered long after solid foods were introduced.

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