Studies show that breastfed infants have a lower risk for a variety of medical conditions, such as wheezing, infections and asthma.
By Varuna Rao, Health Enthusiast and Wellness Coach at Momspresso
Food allergy is an adverse reaction caused by the intolerance of a particular food item mediated via immune system and expressed in varied forms like hives, digestive problems, and itching. Food allergies are caused by an immune malfunction where the immune system does not recognise a particular food and starts attacking the same as a foreign object leading to allergies. The protein in food is the most common allergen. These kinds of allergies occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies a protein as harmful. Damaged or inflamed intestines due to infection or by foreign milk, which may allow whole protein molecules to pass through the intestines, lead to an allergic reaction. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing food can trigger signs and symptoms. Almost six to eight percent children under age three are known to suffer from food allergies. While there’s no cure, some children outgrow their food allergy as they get older.
Breastfeed to prevent food allergies
Boost your child’s immunity with breastfeeding. All the nutritional requirements of your little one can be met exclusively by mother’s milk. Breastmilk keeps the intestinal lining healthy and reduces the chance of inflammation. Breast milk has immense immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a variety of diseases and provide immunity. Protection by breast milk occurs primarily at the intestinal surface from factors including:
Secretory IgA: Breastmilk is a very rich source of secretary IGA; an immune-globin which quotes the intestines and prevents food allergens to enter the bloodstream.
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs): Human milk oligosaccharides (HMO), a complex carbohydrate that is highly abundant in human milk, act as probiotics by feeding the good bacteria in the neonate’s gut thus boosting gut health and in the bloodstream and aiding in immune system development.
Since the baby’s immune system develops rapidly during the early years, good nutrition is critical to facilitate the same. This may explain why babies who are breastfed often have stronger developing immune systems. Studies show that breastfed infants have a lower risk for a variety of medical conditions, such as wheezing, infections, asthma, and obesity. Try to exclusively breastfeed your baby for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding for at least another year or longer. The longer you breastfeed, the less chance your child has of developing allergic conditions such as eczema and asthma.