Helping Your Baby Breathe Better by Breastfeeding
A new study shows that breastfeeding can lead to moderate improvement in mid-expiratory flows in children. This means that a breast-fed child is more likely to have a larger, stronger lung capacity by age 12 than a child who was bottle-fed. This is especially true of children born to mothers with asthma. Although breastfeeding rates are on the rise, many mothers are finding that they are unable to produce enough milk for their child's nutritional needs. If you are finding your milk production rate is lower than needed, talk to your doctor about domperidone, a gastric motility medication that is may have breast milk side effects.
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The study, which was posted online in American Journal of Respiratory Care and Critical Care Medicine, looked at children who were breastfed for at least four months after birth. They found that at age 12, these children had better lung function. The study also found that breastfed infants also had fewer, less severe lung problems that their bottle-fed counterparts.
Researchers chose to focus on lung function as an added benefit of breastfeeding as many other studies have already discerned its positive links with infants' immune function, nutrition and psychological function.
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