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Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets

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ISSN (Print): 1871-5303
ISSN (Online): 2212-3873

Breast-Milk Characteristics Protecting Against Allergy

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

Volume 14, Issue 1, 2014

Page: [9 - 15] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1871530314666140121145045

Price: $65

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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