Does Breastfeeding Prevent Food Allergies?
Learn why introducing allergens in addition to breastfeeding is recommended for food allergy prevention.
August is National Breastfeeding Month and here at Ready, Set, Food!, we support each and every parent’s decision on how to feed and nourish their families.That’s why we’re proud to join National Breastfeeding Month 2018 in helping build a landscape of breastfeeding support.
Breastfeeding offers many benefits for mom and baby:
Provides Ideal Nutrition for Baby- Breast milk contains the ideal amount of fats, vitamins, and proteins to nourish your baby during his or her first months.
Breast Milk Contains Important Antibodies- Loaded with antibodies, breast milk helps baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
Lower Risk of SIDS- Studies show that breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Saves Families Money- With breastfeeding, families don’t need to worry about the expense of formula.
Oxytocin Promotes Post-Partum Recovery- Oxytocin, a hormone that begins to increase during pregnancy, also increases while a mother is breastfeeding. This hormone promotes contraction of the uterus, reducing post-delivery blood loss and helping the uterus return to its normal size. Often called the “love hormone”, oxytocin also plays an important role in maternal-infant bonding.
Does breastfeeding prevent food allergies?
Although breastfeeding imparts countless benefits for mother and child and is highly recommended, breastfeeding alone has not conclusively been proven to prevent food allergies. Therefore, in addition to breastfeeding, early and sustained allergen introduction is recommended.
To help promote awareness about the importance of early allergen introduction, Ready, Set, Food! has partnered with lactation consultants such as the trusted, LA-based breastfeeding resource The Pump Station & Nurtury.
How does Ready, Set, Food! promote breastfeeding?
We made Ready, Set, Food! simple and easy to use for all parents, including those that are exclusively breastfeeding. Our allergist-mom developed system dissolves in breast milk (or formula), giving mothers the choice to continue exclusively breastfeeding instead of having to introduce solid foods at an early age. As parents ourselves, we created Ready, Set, Food! with every family in mind -- a convenient solution that adapts to every feeding routine.
Learn more about National Breastfeeding Month here and how Ready, Set, Food! makes it easy for every family to introduce and sustain exposure to peanut, egg, and milk, however you choose to nourish your child -- simply add to breast milk, formula, or food!
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If your infant has severe eczema, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.