07/30/2015 03:33 pm ET Updated Jul 29, 2016

The Breastfeeding Corner

Helpful Hints: Breastfeeding and Asthma

  • Fact: Black children are 2 times more likely to have Asthma than white children.
  • Tip: Mom should be referred to a breastfeeding support group on discharge from the hospital or clinic after giving birth.
  • Benefit: Breastfeeding reduces the baby's chance of having allergies.
  • Risk: Children who are not exclusively breastfeed for 6 months are 250% more likely to be hospitalized for Asthma and Pneumonia.
  • Myth: A mother must stop breastfeeding if she has a fever or if she is sick.
  • Breastfeeding Resource: La Leche League International (llli): 800-Laleche/800-525-3243,
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):