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Breastfeeding can lower risk of allergies

January 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Babies are considered high risk for certain allergies and asthma if they have one parent or a sibling who has it as well.But there is something parents can do to lower their baby's chances of developing those health problems. Pediatricians say breastfeeding - or using hypoallergenic formula without cow's milk - can lower a baby's risk for asthma or food allergies in babies up to four months old.

However, researchers also say that waiting longer to introduce solid food doesn't change their chances of developing either allergies or asthma.