Alcohol and tobacco use while breastfeeding and risk of autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Louisa Gibson*, Melanie Porter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research has linked prenatal alcohol and tobacco use with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and variably with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Lactational use has been scantly considered. This study examined whether it may alter ADHD or ASD risk. Participants were 5107 infants recruited in 2004 and assessed longitudinally for the Growing Up in Australia Study. Logistic regression did not find any associations between maternal alcohol and tobacco use while breastfeeding and ADHD or ASD diagnosis at ages 6–7 or 10–11 years. Alcohol and tobacco use during lactation may not increase ADHD or ASD risk. Abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, however, may still be the safest option. Analyses were limited by lack of alcohol timing and retrospective variables that future research should address.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date24 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorder
  • attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • breastfeeding
  • alcohol
  • tobacco

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