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Breastfeeding increases infant's lung volume

Breastfeeding has a substantial effect at increasing lung volume in infants, a study by UK and US researchers reveals.

Researchers categorised length of breastfeeding in the Isle of Wight cohort of 1,456 children and prospectively followed them up, assessing lung function at 10 years.

Forced vital capacity (FVC) was increased by 54.0ml in children who were breastfed for at least four months compared with those who were not breastfed.

Thorax 2008 10 November early online publication

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