Children's allergy protection derived from breast milk varies

The protection against allergies that children derive from breast milk varies depending on the mother's own allergies and whether she takes probiotic supplements, research suggests.

A team from Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland found mothers with allergies had higher levels of antibodies to cow's milk proteins and lower levels of inflammatory factors in their breast milk.

In contrast, those who took probiotic supplements in the four weeks before delivery saw these factors reversed.

However, researchers said that there was no 'strong and consistent' link between allergy protection in young children and the effects of probiotics on breast milk.

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