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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000364
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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*†‡

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Abstract

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.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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