Breastfeeding won’t cure asthma

The impact of breastfeeding on the risk of developing asthma and allergies has been discussed for a long time. Researchers have found that, in fact, breastfeeding may increase the risk of developing hay fever and eczema, although it does not have a clear effect on the risk of developing asthma.
The risk of developing asthma and allergies depends on genes, environmental factors and lifestyle. The scientific community has already established many risk factors for life, such as smoking. However, studies on breastfeeding have shown inconsistent results. Many studies indicate that it has a protective effect against asthma and allergies, while other studies have noted an increased risk of developing diseases in connection with such feeding. Current work examines the effect of breastfeeding on asthma, hay fever and eczema. It includes data from more than 330,000 middle-aged people in the UK, making it the largest study of its kind to date. The data also show that higher socioeconomic status reduces the risk of developing asthma by increasing the risk of developing hay fever. These results are consistent with the “hygiene hypothesis” which states that growing up in a cleaner environment increases the risk of allergies due to lack of exposure to various micro-organisms in early childhood, among other things. This study also indicated that high body weight increases the risk of developing asthma, hay fever, and eczema, while the risk decreases in individuals with higher birth weights. The work is observational and does not allow for clinical recommendations. In such studies, there may always be underlying factors, about which researchers have no information, that are the true causes of the observed effects. It is well known that breastfeeding has a positive effect on the health of the child. Although there is no protective effect of breastfeeding on the risk of developing asthma or allergies, these results should not be used to recommend or discourage breastfeeding, as only its effect on allergies and asthma was studied in this study.

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