New mothers take note. Apart from being the first food give to a new-born, building their immunity and giving them the nourishment that they need to grow and develop, breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of asthma attacks by half, according to a latest study.
According to the study, published in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, children who’ve suffered chronic lung diseases and were fed well during their breast feeding stage were less likely to suffer severe symptoms of the lung ailment such as breathlessness, coughing and wheezing. When these symptoms worsen it triggers an asthmatic attack.
About 960 children between the ages of four and 12 who used asthma medication regularly, were examined closely by the researchers. The participants were given a detailed questionnaire, where they had to reveal information about whether or not they were breastfed. The findings revealed that asthma patients who had been breastfed were 45% less likely to suffer from the attacks.