Breast milk has long been proven to be the best, providing nutrition for babies and children in the most comprehensive way. In particular, a study is published in the journal Nutrients It was concluded that mothers who drink a lot of cow’s milk while breastfeeding may help their babies at less risk of allergies.
Researchers from Sweden studied 508 pairs of mothers and their babies and found that mothers whose babies had allergies at one year of age drank less milk. Although the team says that the benefits of cow’s milk are not clearly defined, they believe it may help to ‘kick-start’ the baby’s immune system.
“We found that mothers with healthy babies around 1 year old consumed a lot of cow’s milk,” said the author of the article, nutrition scientist Mia Stråvik, of Chalmers University of Technology during lactation than mothers with children of the same age with allergies. Diet is another factor that parents can have a direct influence on their children. Nowadays, avoiding milk is quite popular among young women due to a number of dietary myths.
Babies who are breastfed from mothers who drink a lot of cow’s milk have a lower risk of allergy-related diseases, since cow’s milk can “kick-start” the immune system.
According to another author of the paper, food researcher Ann-Sofie Sandberg, the study’s findings may be supported by the “hygiene hypothesis”. “During a child’s early development, there is a period of time when stimulation of the immune system is needed for the child to develop a tolerance to different foods,” she said. with different microorganisms can act as a starter for the child’s immune system “.
However, with today’s lower rates of microorganisms, substances introduced through the mother’s diet may be another way of stimulating the maturation of the immune system. According to Mia Stråvik, data collection in this study is more in-depth than previous surveys which were based solely on questionnaires.
Each mother in this study detailed her own eating habits at 34 weeks of pregnancy, 1 month after birth and 4 months after birth. When the children are 1 year old, they will have a medical examination and all food allergies, atopic dermatitis and asthma are identified.
“No matter how we look at and interpret the data, we come to the same conclusion,” said co-author of the molecular epidemiologist Malin Barman, of Chalmers University. However, the mechanisms behind why cow’s milk is so allergy-preventing are unclear.
One theory is that cow’s milk contains substances that activate the child’s immune system and help children develop stamina. This unknown substance can be found either in fat or in the protein content of milk. But there are also cases where the milk itself is neutral on the immune system and the higher absorption of milk fat results in a relatively lower amount of polyunsaturated fat.
This will be helpful because we believe that the high amount of polyunsaturated fats in a mother’s diet is likely to counter the maturity of the child’s immune system from an early age. However, we do not confirm that drinking cow’s milk will be the cure for food allergies in general.
Huong Giang (Source: dailymail)