Breastfeeding shapes immune system

Breastfeeding shapes immune system

Children on breast milk are less prone to allergies and asthma.

Researchers from the Henry Ford Hospital in the US recently found that babies, who were breastfed between one and six months, have specific gut flora, which helps the immune system develop better.

It shows that being exposed to micro-organisms or bacteria during the first few months after birth helps to stimulate the immune system.

Less exposure and the immune system will not develop optimally.

The researchers also found that babies, who are breastfed at one month, are at lower risk of pet-related allergies.

juditht@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on March 01, 2015.
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