First feeding may matter for allergies

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  • The first formula you feed your baby may affect whether he will develop allergies in the future.

What you feed your baby from the start can make a difference in their long-term health. Breastfeeding is the most natural method of feeding your baby and provides clear immune-related and nutritional advantages to your baby. Breastmilk contains a perfect balance of nutrients, as well as antibodies to help protect your baby against infection.

Moms are encouraged to breastfeed, as this provides the best possible nutrition as well as other benefits for both the child and mom. In addition to this, breastfeeding helps reduce the risk that their child will develop allergies.

Consider when choosing to introduce infant formula, since studies have shown that babies can be sensitized to cow’s milk proteins by receiving less than one bottle of whole-protein formula in their first week of life.

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If you suspect your baby is already allergic to milk, or if your baby is on a special formula for the treatment of allergy, your baby’s care and feeding choices should be under a doctor’s supervision.

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