Michael Marcus, MD Pediatric Pulmonary DrMDK.com
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Male: If you breast feed does that mean there is less chance of allergies? Dr. Marcus: Again, the studies are mixed. There are some studies that show that breast feeding decreases the risk and severity of allergies. Yet there is also one very well done study that suggested that children who breast fed had a greater problem with allergies. I think a lot depends upon the mother’s diet. Remember that when you breast feed you expose the child to everything you have eaten. And so the proteins that you eat that pass on through breast milk are exposing the child and therefore maybe setting them up for allergy symptoms later. The recommendation then is to minimize eating more highly allergenic foods such as eggs and peanuts during periods of breast feeding. This should help minimize the exposure to these allergens and hopefully decrease the risk of allergies later on.