Journal article

The Interplay Between Eczema and Breastfeeding Practices May Hide Breastfeeding's Protective Effect on Childhood Asthma

Rachel L Peters, Tegan Kay, Vicki L McWilliam, Caroline J Lodge, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, Shyamali C Dharmage, Adrian J Lowe, Jennifer J Koplin

JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY-IN PRACTICE | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Longer duration of breastfeeding may be protective against asthma. However, early manifestations of allergic disease, such as eczema, are risk factors for asthma and can influence the duration of breastfeeding, and hence, may bias observable associations. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between breastfeeding ever and duration and the development of asthma and allergic asthma phenotypes, stratified by a diagnosis of eczema during or after the breastfeeding period. METHODS: A total of 3663 children participated in the 6-year-old follow-up of the HealthNuts study, a population-based, longitudinal study of allergic diseases in Australia. At age 1 year, breastfeeding and eczema..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia


Awarded by NHMRC Centre for Food and Allergy Research


Funding Acknowledgements

The HealthNuts study is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (ID 491233 and ID 1006215), the Australian Food Allergy Foundation, the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program, and the NHMRC Centre for Food and Allergy Research (ID 1041420). R.L.P., A.J.L., J.J.K., A.-L.P., and S.C.D. hold NHMRC awards.