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A new study examined if maternal consumption of peanuts during breastfeeding could protect the baby against peanut allergy.
The researchers discovered that mothers consuming a moderate number of peanuts (up to 5g per week) during breastfeeding protected babies against developing peanut allergies, compared to babies whose mothers did not eat peanuts or ate a lot of peanuts.
This protective effect was not observed in those whose mothers ate peanuts during pregnancy.
Other things that increased the chance of peanut allergy were having bigger reactions on a peanut skin prick test, having a history of asthma or eczema, or having parents with allergies.
The study suggests that moderate peanut consumption during breastfeeding can help protect against peanut allergies in babies.
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