Association Between Breastfeeding and Asthma: A Cross-Sectional Study

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2003-08-01

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Trombley, Ann M.

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Trombley, Ann M., Association Between Breastfeeding and Asthma: A Cross-Sectional Study. Master of Public Health (Epidemiology), August 2003, 17 pp., 12 tables, bibliography, 54 titles. Controversy has surrounded the topic of breastfeeding and if it provides a protective effect against childhood asthma. The objective of this study was to assess whether a relationship exists between breastfeeding and childhood asthma. This study also examined several significant predictors of childhood asthma. A cross-sectional study was conducted using NHANES 1999-2000 data to identify and assess the crude and multivariate associations between the above mentioned variables and asthma and the effect that breastfeeding has on these relationships. Prevalence of asthma in this study was 12.5 per 100. Mexican Americans were found to have a protective association with the development of asthma. A strong protective association was found for those who were breastfed and the development of childhood asthma (OR=0.693, p-value=0.014).

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