Mothers all over the world are well aware of the countless benefits of breastfeeding.
However, according to recent research by the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI), breastfeeding is not any better than formula when it comes to protecting your baby from developing allergies later on in life.
This study contradicts most mothers’ long-held belief that breastfeeding practically makes your child’s immune system impenetrable.
Taking into account the cases of 194 patients, they found that breastfed babies were as much at risk for developing asthma, hay fever, and food allergies as formula-fed ones.
According to Medical News Today, the study involved 194 subjects aged 4 to 18.
The subjects were divided into two groups: those breastfed (134) and formula-fed (60).
They were all patients of one pediatric allergy and immunology clinic between 2009 to 2013.
They found that both groups had similar numbers of reported cases of asthma, atopic dermatitis and food allergy.
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In an interview with hindustantimes.com, study author Christina Ciaccio, MD said, “We know breastfeeding is good for babies, and new mothers should continue to breastfeed. Larger studies need to be done to determine how these results might apply to the larger population.”
These recent findings should not discredit all the other benefits of breastfeeding. It’s really up to moms out there to weigh and choose what’s best for their baby’s future.
If anything, recent findings such as this will help moms make more informed decisions.
What do you think, mommies?
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