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No Link That Breast-Feeding Prevents Eczema

When you're talking about the benefits of breast-feeding, the studies pile to the clouds. In a new study, researchers in Britain gathered data on more than 50,000 children ages 8 to 12 in 21 countries. The researchers assessed the prevalence and severity of eczema with skin examinations of the children, family medical histories and questionnaires about past symptoms. The study results showed that there was no evidence that breast-feeding prevented eczema or limited its severity. In fact, in some instances the researchers associated breast-feeding with a slight increase in the risk for eczema. They believe this is because a baby is allergic and the mothers continue to breast feed thinking it will help. The lead author, however, points out in this New York Times article that there are other benefits to breast-feeding, just that preventing eczema isn't one of them. For more, click here.

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