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Can Breastfeeding Prevent Allergies? PDF Print E-mail
Breastfeeding may delay the onset of allergic reactions in infants, but there is no evidence that it protects children of allergic parents from developing allergies. Babies inherit a tendency toward allergy, so delaying the introduction of solid foods prolong the time in which they are allergy-free, but will not prevent allergies occurring later. However, new research suggest that not introducing solid food for six months greatly reduces the risk for developing allergies.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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