By Dr. Brian McDonoughSponsored By Independence Blue Cross

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are many advantages to breast-feeding and they have been well publicized.

One of the most important benefits is the fact that women who breast-feed pass on maternal antibodies to the newborn baby, and these antibodies help fight infection.

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Another well-known advantage of breast-feeding is the bonding that can occur, with the mother spending significant amount of time holding and feeding the baby.

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Now, there is new information from the journal of the American Medical Association pediatrics edition that mothers who participated in a breast-feeding interventional trial as teenagers had a lower risk of eczema.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that there was not extra protection against asthma.

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There have been thoughts that this would be a benefit. But overall it still positive news.