‘Health benefits of breastfeeding go beyond infancy,’ said the CDC epidemiologist who led the study. Breast milk may stimulate a baby’s immune system.
Breastfeeding is known to help ward off infections among infants, but a new U.S. study suggests that protection may be much longer lasting.
Among thousands of 6-year-olds followed from birth, those who were breastfed as babies were far less likely to have ear, sinus or throat infections later in childhood. And the longer the children were breastfed during their first year, the lower their odds of those infections at age 6.
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