Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of asthma in children by 40%

Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of asthma in children by 40%


– Asthma is the most common chronic disease in Germany: ten percent of children and five percent of adults are affected – For the disease, no preventive therapy is known so far – New study shows that breast milk offers unique protection against asthma – The longer and more exclusive breastfeeding, the better Children who have not been breastfed have a 79 percent higher risk of developing asthma than children who have been breastfed until the age of three. According to a recent Canadian study presented at Medela’s 13th International Nursing and Lactation Symposium in Paris on March 22, exclusive breastfeeding can reduce children’s asthma risk by 40 percent. In Germany, about ten percent of children suffer from asthma, an incurable disease. In 30 percent of those affected, the first symptoms of illness appear in the first year of life, in 80 – 90 percent, the disease breaks out before the fifth year of life. This makes asthma the most common chronic childhood disease. For chronic diseases, prevention is the best medicine. And breast milk is currently the only known option for asthma prevention. “Every month that is breastfed, even every drop of breast milk that a child receives counts in the prevention of asthma, especially children with a family history of asthma, for example because the mother herself is affected by breastfeeding”, said Meghan Azad, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and Head of the Asthma Research Group as part of the “Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD)” study at the Medela-sponsored Nursing and Lactation Symposium , Convincing results of the CHILD cohort According to the CHILD cohort, in which data from 3296 children were evaluated, there is a clear link between breastfeeding duration and childhood asthma: the longer breastfeeding and the more exclusive the diet with breast milk, the less viable the children examined. Gills are understood as whistling sounds, sometimes even inhalation sounds, which is a strong predictor of later asthma. In children of asthmatic mothers, exclusive breastfeeding reduces the risk of vomiting by 67 percent. Partial breastfeeding reduces the risk of asthma by approximately 37 percent, according to Azad. Infants who received only Formula for the first three months had the highest rate of wheezing compared to partially breastfed and exclusively breastfed infants. This shows that any amount of breastmilk is effective and hugely valuable for the prevention of asthma. Meaning for breastfeeding advice The study results once again underline that breast milk for babies is nutrition and health protection in one. “Unfortunately, in Germany, too many mothers are already breast-feeding in the first few months or giving breast-milk substitutes, which makes it all the more important to give mothers advice and specific advice on how to successfully master breast-feeding and how to make breast-feeding even better Everyday life, “emphasizes Manuela Burkhardt, breastfeeding and lactation consultant, teacher for midwifery and training officer at Medela Germany. The research continues Which ingredients of breast milk are responsible for the preventive effect of asthma is not yet known. The effects of substances as diverse as fatty acids, hormones, immune factors and microbes are being investigated. More research is focused on human oligosaccharides: more than 100 of these specific sugars are found in breast milk and appear to play a role in protection against asthma, although babies can not digest these oligosaccharides. The take over in the intestine of the infants settled microbes, which are also absorbed through the breast milk. “We are just beginning to understand how breast milk ingredients affect children’s health and, in particular, the development of asthma,” said Azad. But one thing is for sure: protection from asthma is not the responsibility of a single ingredient in breast milk, but the interaction of many ingredients precisely tailored to the baby’s needs.2 1 2 3 4 5 6 Press contact Medical & PR GmbH Barbara Kluge Eupener Strasse 60 50933 Cologne 0221/775430

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