It is not clear exactly how artificial feeding may prevent allergies in babies with a family history of allergies, but some theories suggest that certain types of infant formula may help to reduce the risk of allergies by modifying the immune response or the gut microbiome.
For example, some studies have suggested that hydrolyzed protein formulas (formulas made with proteins that have been broken down into smaller peptides or amino acids) may be less likely to trigger an allergic reaction compared to formulas made with whole proteins.
Similarly, some studies have suggested that formulas containing probiotics (live microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut) may help to reduce the risk of allergies by supporting the development of a healthy gut microbiome.
It is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the role of artificial feeding in preventing allergies in babies with a family history of allergies, and to determine the optimal type and duration of feeding for this purpose.
As with any medical treatment, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before giving an infant formula or donor human milk to a baby with a family history of allergies.
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