Study finds breastfeeding linked to nut allergies

A new study has found babies who are solely breastfed in the first six months of life are at greater risk of developing a nut allergy.

The Australian National University study investigated the link between breastfeeding and nut allergies in children starting primary school in the ACT. It found the risk of developing a nut allergy was one-and-a-half times higher in children who were only breastfed in their first six months, while children fed food and fluids other than breastmilk were protected against nut allergies.

‘Our results contribute to the argument that breast feeding alone does not appear to be protective against nut allergy in children,’ said the ANU Medical School’s Professor of General Practice, Marjan Kljakovic.

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