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STATES CHRONICLE – A recent study discovered a sure way to protect newborns against developing allergies as they grow up. Mothers are advised to eat foods which usually lead to people becoming allergic, such as peanuts, eggs, or milk, and then breastfeed their babies. This way, the babies can get accustomed to the allergens from an early age, and develop resistance to them.
It’s good to expose babies to allergens through breast milk
This hypothesis has been initially tested on mice, by feeding females eggs and then allowing them to breastfeed their newborns, as well as several other baby mice that they didn’t birth. Afterwards, researchers tested them for egg allergy, and discovered that all those exposed to the protein had developed resistance to the allergen.
However, it turns out this allergen could only be transmitted via breast milk. Those newborns whose mothers ate eggs during pregnancy received few to no protection against allergies. The condition was that the mothers should have consumed the product both before, during, and after the pregnancy.
So far, it hasn’t been clear if breast milk helped protect babies from allergies. Previous studies found a slightly protective effect, while others argued that exposing the children to allergens through breast milk made them develop allergies. However, this new study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, proves the contrary.
Don’t avoid any foods while breastfeeding
Women were usually advised to avoid those foods which put the babies at high risk of allergies. However, it turns out that exposing the child early to these substances decreases their chances of becoming allergic. Therefore, if women don’t already have an allergy to a certain food, they should eat whatever they like.
Opting for a healthy and diversified diet is the perfect choice both for the mother, as well as for her infant. Breastfeeding is beneficial from many points of view, but it can also offer a protective effect against allergies. It’s highly unlikely that a child should become allergic because of their mother’s diet during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period.
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