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Breastfeeding May Cut Risk of Asthma for Baby

Study Shows Exclusive Breastfeeding for 6 Months Offers the Most Protection From Asthma

Applicable to American Babies?

The study adds new information to what is known, says Linda Dahl, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. "What is interesting about this study is, they talk about the duration of time."

The researchers also found greater benefits when children were breastfed exclusively, she says.

Dahl cares for adults and children with asthma and allergies. She also helps families whose babies have difficulty breastfeeding.

However, Dahl says, it is difficult to say if the findings would apply to the U.S. The population studied may differ in a number of ways from the U.S. population, she says.

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