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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.
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 …
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