06 Apr Exclusive Breastfeeding Does Not Reduce Allergies by Age 7
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Professor of Pediatrics Hans Bisgaard, MD, DMSc
Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood
Herlev and Gentofte Hospital,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Medical Research: What is the background for this study?
Dr. Bisgaard: Extended breast-feeding is recommended for
newborn children at risk of allergy-associated diseases, but the
evidence of a protective effect on sensitization and these diseases
Medical Research: What are the main findings?
Dr. Bisgaard: Exclusive breastfeeding does not affect
sensitization in early childhood or associated diseases at 7 years
of age in at-risk children.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Bisgaard: Although it is generally acknowledged that
breastfeeding provides the most optimal source of food for
infants, these findings should be emphasized to prevent distress
and guilt in allergy-disposed mothers with breast-feeding
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Bisgaard: Our findings suggest that more complex pathways leads to allergy beyond genetics and exposure. Some other factors appears critical and we are pursuing this in our research
Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen & Danish Pediatric Asthma Center, Gentofte Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Gentofte, Denmark
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Hans Bisgaard, MD, DMSc (2015). Exclusive Breastfeeding Does Not Reduce Allergies by Age 7