Breastfeeding patterns and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

M. L. Kwan, P. A. Buffler, J. L. Wiemels, C. Metayer, S. Selvin, Jonathan M Ducore, G. Block

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Abstract

The risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) was investigated in relation to breastfeeding patterns in the Northern California Childhood Leukaemia Study. Data collected by self-administered and in-person questionnaires from biological mothers of leukaemia cases (age 0-14 years) in the period 1995-2002 were matched to birth certificate controls on date of birth, sex, Hispanic ethnic status, and maternal race. Ever compared to never breastfeeding was not associated with risk of ALL at ages 1-14 years (odds ratio = 0.99; 95% CI = 0.64-1.55) and ages 2-5 years (OR = 1.49; 95% CI = 0.83-2.65). Various measures of breastfeeding duration compared to absence of breastfeeding also had no significant effect on risk. Complimentary feeding characteristics such as type of milk/formula used and age started eating solid foods among breastfed children were not associated with ALL risk. This study provides no evidence that breastfeeding affects the occurrence of childhood ALL.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-384
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 8 2005

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Keywords

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Breastfeeding
  • Child
  • Infection
  • Leukaemia

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  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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Kwan, M. L., Buffler, P. A., Wiemels, J. L., Metayer, C., Selvin, S., Ducore, J. M., & Block, G. (2005). Breastfeeding patterns and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. British Journal of Cancer, 93(3), 379-384. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6602706

Breastfeeding patterns and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. / Kwan, M. L.; Buffler, P. A.; Wiemels, J. L.; Metayer, C.; Selvin, S.; Ducore, Jonathan M; Block, G.

In: British Journal of Cancer, Vol. 93, No. 3, 08.08.2005, p. 379-384.

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Kwan, ML, Buffler, PA, Wiemels, JL, Metayer, C, Selvin, S, Ducore, JM & Block, G 2005, 'Breastfeeding patterns and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia', British Journal of Cancer, vol. 93, no. 3, pp. 379-384. https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6602706
Kwan, M. L. ; Buffler, P. A. ; Wiemels, J. L. ; Metayer, C. ; Selvin, S. ; Ducore, Jonathan M ; Block, G. / Breastfeeding patterns and risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. In: British Journal of Cancer. 2005 ; Vol. 93, No. 3. pp. 379-384.
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