Breastfeeding Could Reduce Eczema Risk in Children, New Research Suggests

Breastfeeding could reduce the risk of eczema in children by as much as 54 percent, The Guardian reports. According to research begun in the 1990s, children who were breastfed were less likely to have eczema as teenagers. While the study authors admitted that other factors may also be in play, one infant nutrition expert said this is an important finding that may help health officials understand how babies’ health as adolescents may be affected by what they’re fed as infants.

The amazing benefits of breastfeeding are almost never-ending and, contrary to what infant formula companies want you to believe, infant formula cannot replace breast milk when it comes to protecting your baby's health and promoting healthy long-term development. Breast milk is a perfect food for the human infant as it contains all the nutrients vital for healthy growth and development, plus beneficial microbes that promote a healthy gut microbiome. Not only that, breastfeeding is also good for the mother in numerous ways.

As the referenced article suggests, new moms definitely need more support for breastfeeding, beginning with hospitals encouraging and helping new moms to breastfeed. While some women cannot, for a variety of reasons, breastfeed, most can. More often than not, they simply need a little bit of guidance and support. If you're unable to breastfeed or find a safe source of breast milk, your next best bet is to make your own infant formula, as commercial infant formulas are very high in processed sugar and other questionable ingredients, with soy formulas being among the most dangerous.

There may be others, but here is one recipe for homemade formula created by the Weston Price Foundation, which I believe is sound.
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