A series of studies claim your infant’s susceptibility to allergies and asthma may be influenced by a number of factors such as delivery by Cesarean section and breastfeeding. The findings support the idea that later risks of diseases are affected by early childhood exposure to pathogens.
Doctors think that sterile environment is not enough for babies, and this research shows why. Actually, exposure to bacteria or micro- organisms in the first months after birth stimulates the immune system, which is designed to be exposed to bacteria on a large scale; when the exposure is minimized, the immune system does not develop optimally.
Researchers found exposing babies to allergens and bacteria in their first year can reduce the risk of asthma and allergies later in life. As a matter of fact, breastfed babies are found to have noticeable differences in microbiome composition when compared with babies who are not breastfed; babies that are breastfed at 1 month are considered to be at lower risk of certain kinds of allergies like the pet- related ones.
Breastfeeding exposes the baby to the mother’s personal micro- organisms, which influences the baby’s immune system development. You can say bacteria or micro- organisms introduced through breastfeeding into the baby’s gut are thus important.
The combination of antibodies and hormones fed to the baby through breastfeeding provides a number of protections. The research tells us, as the bottom line, that exposure to more diverse environmental bacteria can boost the immune system; the microbiome within the baby’s gastrointestinal tract is crucial for disease immunity development.
It is revealed that breastfed babies are much less exposed, than the non- breastfed, to sudden infant death syndrome and childhood leukemia. The benefits of breastfeeding actually go beyond childhood; it decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases in later life and even early death.