Full breastfeeding a
life saver for babies
Babies who are fully breastfed for six months are less likely to suffer
from respiratory illnesses than babies fully breastfed for only four
months, according to research conducted by investigators at UC Davis
Children's Hospital, the University of Rochester and the American Academy
of Paediatrics, Centre for Child Health Research.
Chantry, UC Davis School of Medicine assistant professor of paediatrics,
led an analysis of a nationally representative, crosssectional survey of
2,277 children between the ages of six and 24 months.
identified five groups -- formula fed only, full breastfeeding for less
than one month, full breastfeeding from one to four months, full
breastfeeding from four to less than six months and full breastfeeding for
six months or more. Chantry then looked at the percentage of children in
each group who experienced pneumonia, wheezing, and recurrent (three or
more) colds or ear infections.