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Sorry mothers! Breastfeeding is not protecting babies from allergies

Breastfeeding got no special advantage when it comes to allergies. A new study has revealed that it might not protect babies from allergies.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 07, 2015 13:16 IST
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No significant difference in allergies were found between children who were breast fed versus those formula fed.(Shutterstock)

All you mothers, breastfeeding is good but it may not be that great when it comes to preventing allergy risk, says a new study.

Pregnant women and new mothers receive many messages regarding the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for babies in the first year of the baby’s birth. Breastfeeding is thought to reduce the risk of allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, food allergies and eczema in children.

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According to a new study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting, no significant difference in allergies were found between children who were ever breast fed versus those formula fed.

“We found both groups had similar numbers of kids with hay fever,” said lead author Quindelyn Cook, adding ?We also found both groups had similar numbers of kids with asthma, eczema and food allergy.”

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“We know breastfeeding is good for babies, and new mothers should continue to breastfeed,” said allergist Christina Ciaccio, MD, study author and ACAAI Fellow. “Larger studies need to be done to determine how these results might apply to the larger population.”