FCAAIA Notes: Let me start off by saying you should not stop nursing your baby just because of these data. Breast feeding has numerous health benefits independent of whether it affects the likelihood of developing allergic air way diseases (asthma and allergies) or not.
I first heard data like these about 20 years ago in a meeting of investigators at the NIH. But, then and now the discussion centered on the numerous factors affecting asthma and allergy risk. There are some over which we have no or little control Continue reading “BREASTFEEDING DOES NOT PROTECT CHILDREN AGAINST ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES”
FCAAIA Notes: The EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance) study was published early this year by the same researchers in London who published the LEAP and LEAP-On studies. This meta-analysis confirms the findings of EAT giving us assurance that its findings are reproducible.
Now comes a difficult question…can the findings of LEAP and EAT be extended to other foods or different risk groups? We don’t know for sure, but consensus among allergists is that diversification of the diet and early introduction (by 6 months old) of highly allergenic foods to infants who tolerate them is likely to decrease (not eliminate) the risk of food allergy. Continue reading “EARLY INTRODUCTION OF EGG, PEANUT LOWERS RISK FOR ALLERGY”
FCAAIA Notes: OK…don’t panic and don’t stop breast feeding. The benefits of exclusive breast feed to 6 months old are undeniable. Previous studies have associated exclusive breastfeeding with a decreased risk of allergies. But, no study has ever concluded that breast feeding PREVENTS allergies. That’s a big distinction. And, it’s one I frequently make when a parent says something like, “How can my child have allergies? I breast fed for a year!”
This is only one study and they didn’t even distinguish between exclusive breast feeding versus breast/formula combination. Keep nursing! It is better for the baby and as female pediatrician said to me in 1982, “It’s faster, it’s cheaper, and it comes in a more attractive container.” Continue reading “BREASTFEEDING MAY NOT PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ALLERGIES”
FCAAIA Notes: Previous studies have shown that exclusive breast feeding early in life might decrease the risk of atopic dermatitis and perhaps other atopic diseases during infancy and early childhood. This is one study showing that the effect might not last to early school age.
But, I wonder….Does it really matter in the long run? I think probably not. There are so many other good reasons to feed breast milk exclusively to 6 months old that one suggestive contradictory study should not change our recommendations. So new mothers…please continue to breast feed! Continue reading “BREAST-FEEDING DOES NOT AFFECT ALLERGY SENSITIZATION IN CHILDREN”