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Association Between Breast-Feeding and Severity of Acute Viral Respiratory Tract Infection

Vereen, Shanda MSPH*†‡; Gebretsadik, Tebeb MPH§‡; Hartert, Tina V. MD, MPH‡¶‖; Minton, Patricia RN‡¶‖; Woodward, Kimberly RN, BSN‡¶‖; Liu, Zhouwen MS‡¶; Carroll, Kecia N. MD, MPH*†‡

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: September 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 9 - p 986–988
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000364
Brief Reports

In a cross-sectional analysis of 629 mother-infants dyads, breast-feeding (ever vs. never) was associated with decreased relative odds of a lower versus upper respiratory tract infection (adjusted odds ratio: 0.64; 95% confidence interval: 0.42–0.99). There was not a significant association between breast-feeding and bronchiolitis severity score or length of hospital stay.

From the *Department of Pediatrics; Division of General Pediatrics; Center for Asthma and Environmental Health Research; §Department of Biostatistics; Department of Medicine; and Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN.

Accepted for publication April 9, 2014.

This work was supported by K01 AI070808, Thrasher Research Fund Clinical Research Grant (TVH), NIH HL072471, and UL1 RR024975.

The authors have no other funding or conflict of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Kecia N. Carroll, MD, MPH, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 313 Oxford House, Nashville, TN 37232-4313. E-mail:

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.