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Cohort study
Breastfeeding is protective against early childhood asthma
  1. Agnes M M Sonnenschein-van der Voort1,2,
  2. Liesbeth Duijts2,3
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  3. 3Department of Pediatrics, Division of Repiratory Medicine/Neonatology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to: Liesbeth Duijts
    Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus Medical Center, PO Box 2060, Rotterdam, 3000 CB, The Netherlands; l.duijts{at}erasmusmc.nl

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Previous prospective cohort studies have observed protective effects of breastfeeding on respiratory illnesses in early childhood. Silvers and colleagues aimed at studying whether breastfeeding protects against current asthma and wheezing in older children up to the age of 6 years.

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This prospective birth cohort study among 1105 children in New Zealand collected detailed information on exclusive breastfeeding (at an age when infant formula, food or other drinks, except water, were introduced) and any breastfeeding (at an age when breastfeeding was …

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