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Mother's milk cuts baby's risk of gluten intolerance.

The benefits of mother's milk are well-established. Breast milk is natural, easy to digest and is the gold standard for infant nutrition. It contains the right balance of nutrients that the baby needs and helps boost the infant's immunity. However, under certain circumstances you may need to consider formula feed.
Exclusive breastfeeding is typically recommended for the first 6 months. It is to be continued in combination with solid foods at least till the child is a year old. Breast milk is sterile and does not require boiling, and therefore retains the goodness of its nutrients. It also prevents infections common in formula-fed babies due to poor hygiene and unsafe feeding practices.

According to experts from the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, an infant's health is significantly compromised when mother's milk is substituted for formula milk in the first year of the baby's life. A recent study reported that only 69 per cent of Indian babies younger than two months get exclusive breastfeeding. For babies between two and three months old, the number falls to 51 per cent and declines further to 28 per cent between four and five months of age.
Besides optimal nutrition of carbohydrates (lactose), proteins, fats, iron and calcium, mother's milk provides special immuno-boosting IgA and IgB factors not found in formula milk. These are believed to provide life-long benefits on immunity.
In fact, infant feeding practices have been found to impact several immunological conditions including celiac disease — gluten intolerance for life. Gluten is a protein found in cereals like wheat, oats, barley, rye and some others. For those with the condition, eating foods with gluten can cause an immune reaction in the small intestines that can damage the lining of the intestines and lead to lower absorption of essential nutrients.
A Swedish population study has revealed a three-fold increase in celiac disease among infants from mid 1980s to mid 1990s. Breastfeeding had been on a decline in Sweden during 1980s.

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