In addition to the numerous benefits that breastfeeding gives, researchers have found that breastfeeding can lower the risk of eczema in children.
Breastfeeding can potentially lower the risk of eczema in children, new research finds.
Breast is always best
Breastfeeding has widely been known to have numerous benefits for babies, and breast milk helps prevent infection, allergies, and provides nutrients and energy.
The study found that "among 13 557 participants, there was a 54% reduction in atopic eczema on skin examination."
The researchers began their study in 1990 in Belarus wherein mothers from 31 hospitals were split into two groups -- one group encouraged constant and prolonged breastfeeding, while the other group proceeded as usual.
As the children grew older, the researchers tested the impact of the breastfeeding program and found that the children of mothers who were encouraged to breastfeed for longer had a 54% reduction in the risk of eczema as teenagers compared to those mothers who didn't breastfeed for as long.
It's important to breastfeed your child for as long as possible
The study just strengthens the fact that breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. As soon as a child is born, they should be given breastmilk, and mothers should do their best to exclusively breastfeed their children for as long as they can. That way, their children can get the most nutrition and reap the amazing rewards of exclusive breastfeeding.
The results of the study also show that the effects of breastfeeding aren't limited to a baby's development, but the benefits can also extend well into a child's teenage years and into adulthood. Providing your child with the best nutrition possible through breastfeeding will help them grow up healthier and less prone to illnesses.
That's why it's important for everyone to be supportive of breastfeeding mothers and encourage them to freely breastfeed their children and to stop the stigma on breastfeeding, especially in public.