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Breastfeeding Associated with Increased Lung Function

September 18, 2012
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There is a long list of benefits for babies who are breastfed including reduced risk of otitis media, gastroenteritis, respiratory illness, sudden infant death syndrome, necrotizing enterocolitis (death of intestinal tissue), obesity, and hypertension. Breastfeeding is also associated with improved maternal outcomes, including a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and postpartum depression.”

Added to the long list of benefits for children is increased lung function. Researchers found that “longer breastfeeding duration contributes to lung health in childhood and adolescence.” This benefit continues until the child is in their teens.

Can there be any question that breastfeeding is the only choice?

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