Exclusive Breast-Feeding May Increase Allergy, Deficiency Risks

Six months of pure breastfeeding may not be the best option for the health of a baby

While many have believed breastfeeding to be king for newborns, new studies may show that mixing the diet up a little may be beneficial for a child, specifically after they are three months old.

Researchers explain that babies who remain entirely on a breastfed diet for the first six months of life notice higher risks of being iron-deficient and for developing food allergies.

Also, the first few months of life are a pivotal time to introduce new foods like leafy greens that are vital to our health, but most young children cannot stand the taste of.

However, in nations where food and water quality is not very consistent, breastfeeding is still explained to be the best choice.

Some believe that breast milk should be in a child’s diet for at least six months, but solid food sources should be added to increase variety for the child.

Additionally, many caution the use of formula as a substitute for breast milk. Cow’s milk is a primary allergen — usually a bad idea to replace breast milk with formula.

The study can be found in the British Medical Journal.