Sunday, August 15, 2010

Breastfeeding and allergies in babies

Hi everyone. I am associate Professor, medical doctor, paediatrician (children's doctor). I have done a lot of studies about problems related to food allergy, gluten-sensitivity (the gluten syndrome), coeliac disease, and gastroenterology problems. I am also known as the medical food doctor!

Today I will be sharing with you some facts about Breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding is the corner stone of child nutrition

It is crucial that parents are given appropriate information and opportunities to help make a decision for breastfeeding in the antenatal period. The word "choice" should be abandoned.

Breastfeeding versus artificial feeding (otherwise known as cows milk formula) are not equal choices. A feeding "decision" needs to be made by the parents on relevant and practical information. Although there may be similarities between breastmilk and artificial feeding in terms of calorie, mineral and vitamin content, there are a large number of other benefits for breastmilk and many other detrimental effects of cows milk. Therefore, a decision is required, not a choice.

Once the decision to breastfeed has been made, the mother will require further information and practical help to initiate and then continue with breastfeeding. Intensive help and support may be needed in the first few weeks of breastfeeding.

Information of the dollar savings of breastfeeding is helpful.

However, if a decision for artificial bottle feeding has been made, the mother needs help and support with her choice. There are many excellent formula feeds available to choose from. Your baby may need a specialised formula - see link to special formulas.

Recommendation: Plan to breastfeed your child past 6 months if you can. Up to 12 months is good. But sometimes very allergic babies need to be weaned early onto special milk formulas.

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1 comment:

  1. I breastfed my sons well over a year. The younger one had terrible colic and I will always wonder if he was reacting to gluten in my breast milk. I tried removing peanut butter and strawberries from my diet but that did not make a difference. At that time I did not know how about the toxicity of wheat. He is now an adult and all his GI problems disappeared with a GF diet.

    Have you seen moms remove gluten and the child stops having GI problems?