Breast-Milk Characteristics Protecting Against Allergy

Author(s): Federica Minniti, Pasquale Comberiati, Daniel Munblit, Giorgio L. Piacentini, Elisa Antoniazzi, Laura Zanoni, Attilio L. Boner, Diego G. Peroni.

Journal Name:Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets

Volume 14 , Issue 1 , 2014

Abstract:

Breast milk and colostrum are the first feeding sources for a child, providing nutrients, growth factors and immunological components, which are crucial for the newborn’s correct development and health. Length of exclusive breastfeeding and time of solid foods introduction is a key factor that may influence allergy development. There is an emerging evidence of a relationship between breastfeeding, milk composition and lower risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension and allergies. This review examines current evidence regarding humoral and cellular characteristics of breast-milk, and potential role of environment, maternal diet and breastfeeding on the allergy development in children.

Keywords: Allergy, atopy, breast-milk, breastfeeding, cytokines, environment, immunoglobulin, nutrients.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 14
ISSUE: 1
Year: 2014
Page: [9 - 15]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1871530314666140121145045