Researchers Say, Breastfeeding Could Affect Immune System Development In Early Life

February 22, 2015 10:31 PM

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A series of studies set to be presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s Annual Meeting in Houston, TX, claim an infant’s immune system development and vulnerability to asthma and allergies may be influenced by various factors that shape what bacteria is in their gut, for example, gestational age at birth, breastfeeding and delivery by Cesarean section.

The research group, including Dr. Christine Cole Johnson, chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, says the results further backing the “hygiene speculation” – the thought that early childhood exposure to pathogens affects later-life risk of disease.

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