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Breast milk protects newborns against Lung diseases, favoring the correct development of the respiratory system. This is one of the conclusions reached in a study by the University of Manitoba (Canada).
In this study it has been shown that exclusively breastfed babies have up to 33% fewer cases of gasping or wheezing during the first year of life.
We explain why prolonging breastfeeding prevents asthma.
It is surprising to know that in the case of children with asthmatic mothers, breast milk prevention work is even more effective: wheezing is reduced by up to 62% in babies who have been exclusively fed human milk for the first six months, wheezing is a major risk factor in development incurable respiratory diseases such as asthma.
Exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months increases protection
Wheezing is one of the main causes of hospitalization during childhood. These are episodes in which babies have difficulty breathing for at least 15 minutes, producing a wheezing in their chest with each inspiration. According to the conclusions of the study, in which children between 0 and 5 years old have participated, between 20% and 50% of newborns experience at least one episode of panting until they are one year old.
Babies whose mothers have asthma benefit most from the properties of exclusive feeding with breastmilk in the prevention of respiratory diseases, especially in the face of genetic component that presents this disease.
Instead, the study data reveal that babies who quit breastfeeding previously or combine it with another type of feeding, such as formula, experience twice as many episodes of gasps and increased breathing difficulties. Until the first year, maintaining lactation as solid foods are introduced into the children's diet continues to promote development of your lungs.
These scientific evidences demonstrate the importance of raising awareness about the role of breast milk as a prevention tool against chronic and incurable respiratory diseases such as asthma that, according to the Spanish Society of Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR), affects about 2.5 million children and adults in Spain. Breast milk reduces the risk of infections respiratory tract, promotes the proper development of the lungs and favors the maturation of the immune system.
Therefore, the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) to maintain exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, although in the case of babies whose mothers have asthma, the benefit of exclusive breastfeeding would advise prolong lactation the maximum possible.
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