Researchers announce new benefit to breastfeeding -- protecting child from asthma

A Filipino mother cuddles her baby during a mass breastfeeding program to promote lactation by mothers instead of infant formula milk at suburban Marikina city, east of Manila, Philippines Thursday Oct. 24, 2013. More than 500 lactating mothers took part in the program which is also held in other key sites nationwide in an attempt to make it to the Guinness World Record with the "most number of breastfeeding activity simultaneously held in multiple sites." (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

May 3, 2014 6:28:28 AM PDT
A major study is putting the benefits of breastfeeding in the spotlight. It turns out, it does protect children from asthma.

The report published in The American Journal of Epidemiology looked at more than 100 scientific papers over 30 years involving about 250,000 babies.

Researchers found regular breastfeeding cut the risk of asthma by 37 percent in kids under the age of 3.

It also found children over the age of 7 who had been breast-fed were 17 percent less likely to have the condition.

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