AAAAI 2019—Exclusive breastfeeding might decrease eczema chronicity


  • Emily Willingham, PhD
  • Conference Reports
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Takeaway

  • Breastfeeding exclusively does not seem to prevent eczema, but it might protect against the development of chronic eczema.

Why this matters

  • Evidence for a preventive effect of breastfeeding against eczema is mixed.
  • This study suggests protection against chronicity, but not prevention.

Key results

  • Prevalence of ever-eczema: 20.33%.
  • At age 6 years with previous diagnosis: 58.58%.
  • Children who breastfed exclusively for >3 months had lower odds of still having eczema at age 6 years: aOR, 0.477 (95% CI, 0.259-0.878; P=.017).
  • Children who breastfed ≤3 months or did not breastfeed did not have an association.

Study design

  • Data from Infant Feeding Practices Study II, 6-year follow-up (n=1520).

Limitations

  • Not peer-reviewed.
  • Observational.