We know that breastfeeding infants has a healthy impact on the child’s growth, but a series of recent studies presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s Annual Meeting report that an infant’s immune system development and susceptibility to asthma and other allergies may be influenced by a number of factors that shape what bacteria is in their stomach, such as gestational age at birth, breastfeeding and delivery by Cesarean section.
Similar studies have supported this claim. In June 2014, Medical News Today reported on a study published in the journal Allergy and Clinical Immunology, in which researchers found exposing babies to bacteria and allergens in the first year of life may reduce the risk of allergies, wheezing and asthma later in life. Additionally, several studies are also showing breastfed babies are at lower risk of pet-related allergies.
Studies go on and on. Your doctor can tell you more about the health benefits to breastfeeding, for both mother and child. So feel free to ask!
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