Breastfeeding May Protect Babies Against IBD Later in Life, Review Study Finds

Breastfeeding May Protect Babies Against IBD Later in Life, Review Study Finds
Breastfeeding newborns and infants can lessen the likelihood that they will develop Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) later in life, new review study shows. And the longer a child is breastfed, the better, its researchers say. The study, “Systematic review with meta-analysis: breastfeeding and the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis,” appeared in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Causes of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which include both CD and UC, remain poorly understood. But the composition of the gut’s microbiota (the population of microorganisms there) and factors that influence it are increasingly seen as important players in the development and progression of IBD. Research has shown that the gut’s microbiota is particularly susceptible to influences in early infancy. Breastfeeding may alter the development of immune-mediated diseases in many ways, including protecting babies against infections in infancy. Breastfeeding modulates the composition of the gut’s microbiota, and previous research has suggested it can modestly reduce the risk of IBD. However, these results were derived from studies with a number of limitations, such as not accounting for duration of breastfeeding and not assessing risk by geography or ethnicity. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School aimed to conduct a more detailed analysis of the relationship between breastfeeding and the risk of CD and UC. The analysis was centered
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  1. Chevrotain says:

    This could be a giveaway that IBD is connected to allergies, which also are worse if a baby hasn’t been breastfed. I was diagnosed with IBD, suffered most of my life, but I was able to discover one food that has been the culprit in triggering attacks: olives. Olive oil is in SO many things, usually the foods that boast of being so healthy for you. In my case, eliminating olives and olive oil from my diet entirely cured my IBD. Haven’t had trouble in ten years. Maybe your trigger food isn’t that but something else, but NOBODY suspects “the healthy oil.” If you get sick off Italian food, forget the gluten in the pasta or the tomatoes and start wondering if it might be the olive oil and that you may be allergic. Even a salad or carrot cake or sauteed veggies or bread can make someone allergic to olive oil miserable, because folks like to slip it into everything. A simple scratch test could at least eliminate that possibility for you. In my case, no doctor ever came close to suspecting; if anything they just said, “Never heard of that,” and proceeded to prescribe this or that pill. *I* figured out what it was. That’s why I’m sharing this.

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