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Does breastfeeding help prevent food allergies?

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Exclusive breast feeding (excluding all other foods) of infants for the first four to six months of life, if possible, is recommended for its beneficial effects. However, there is no conclusive evidence that breast-feeding has a protective role in preventing food allergies later in life.

While some pregnant women may hope restricting their diets during pregnancy or during breastfeeding may help their children avoid allergies, experts disagree and don't recommend this. They don't recommend soy formula as a strategy for preventing the development of allergies, either.

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Fact Sheet: Food Allergy and Intolerances."  UpToDate. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 29, 2018

SOURCES:

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Fact Sheet: Food Allergy and Intolerances."  UpToDate. American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 29, 2018

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