The overlap of diversification of the baby's feeding with breastfeeding can greatly reduce the risk of food allergies in the child. This is the conclusion of British researchers, who encourage mothers to breastfeed as much as they can, even after the age of 5-6 months, when diversification begins, so that their baby can breastfeed and fight the allergic reactions caused by food.
Continue to breastfeed the baby even after the introduction of solid foods!
British researchers at the University of Southampton have made an interesting discovery in reducing the risk of baby allergies. It seems that one of the measures that contribute to reducing this danger is the overlap or continuation of breastfeeding of the baby at the beginning of food diversification.
In other words, breastfeeding moms should continue the process of breast feeding and after introducing solid foods into their menu. Breast milk provides children with special substances that have the role of "educating" their immune system to stop recognizing allergenic factors in food and to consider them safe for health.
In this way, babies are protected from the onset of some of the most common food allergies, a property that babies who are not breastfeeding during the diversification of nutrition do not benefit. However, doctors have failed to find out exactly how breast milk acts as a prophylactic factor against food allergies in babies.
Another theory of the researchers would be that unique antibodies in this type of milk would protect children from food allergies, but this variant has not been scientifically proven. But scientists have found a prevalence of food allergies among infants who were not breastfed during diversification. The discovery was made based on dietary investigations of 41 children who had food allergies for up to 2 years.
The diversification of nutrition does not start earlier than 5-6 months!
According to specialists, babies who start eating solid foods earlier than 17 weeks are more prone to food allergies than those who start diversification later. This hypothesis has not yet been scientifically proven and there are plenty of specialists who tend to contradict it.
However, diversification before 5-6 months is not indicated, regardless of whether you breastfeed or feed the baby with milk formulas, as it does not have a sufficiently mature digestive system to tolerate food. In any case, one thing is certain, say the researchers.
Continuing breastfeeding after starting food diversification has a protective effect against food allergies. Specialists recommend that you continue breastfeeding even up to the age of 1 year or older, if the mothers have lactation.
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