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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:36 am 
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A new Australian study has found children who are solely breastfed in the first six months of life are at greater risk of developing a nut allergy.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-12/b ... ds/4125872

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:17 pm 
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One problem with the current study, according to Sicherer, is that it does not necessarily address the question of "reverse causation."

"Mothers of infants [might] have been told that breastfeeding [protects against allergies] because early studies showed that compared to having formula, infants [who were] breastfed had [fewer] allergic skin rashes and milk allergies," he said. Sicherer said that mothers may have been inclined to exclusively breastfeed their children for longer periods after seeing rashes in an attempt to protect them, thereby making it appear to researchers as though longer stretches of breastfeeding were tied to increased allergy risk. But really, it may have been the allergic signs that prompted certain moms to breastfeed longer, he said.

Far better established are some of the health benefits of breastfeeding; the practice has been shown to provide babies with key nutrients as well as antibodies to help fight disease.

"Talk to your doctor," Sicherer said. "There are some differing opinions on when to start giving complementary foods to an infant, 4 to 6 months [old], but not much controversy that 'breast is best' for many reasons." The World Health Organization recommends exclusively breastfeeding a new baby for as long as six months.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:04 pm 
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Thank you Dr. Sicherer! Yes, allergens can pass into the breast milk and cause problems. Yes, breast is still best. Yes, It's all the mothers fault...well, no. I don't buy that one. :roll:

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:49 am 
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I have 2 kids. One got solely breast milk for 6 months. The other for 4 months.

My kids who has zero food allergies is the one who was breastfed for 6 months.

Doesn't it depend upon whom you do the research?

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