Human Milk Oligosaccharides in breast milk prevents food allergies in babies, says new study

Over the years, studies have proved how mother’s milk benefits the baby’s health. Breast feeding the baby is important to ensure that they have a strong immunity that lasts for a lifetime.

A recent study has found out that a unique composition of sugars in the mother’s milk helps to prevent food allergies in babies. The sugars called as the Human Milk Oligosaccharides (HMO), are found only in the mother’s milk. The study also throws light on the importance of breast feeding babies.

Human Milk Oligosaccharides is a type of sugar and fat. They are structurally complicated sugar molecules found only in human breast milk, and are the most common after lactose.

Experts say that HMO is not easily digestible for an infant. But it helps in the development of Gut Microbiota which helps in preventing allergies in humans.

Children who are not breastfed have a higher chance of getting ailments like wheezing, infections, asthma and obesity.

This new study was conducted by a group of researchers from the United States of America. Skin prick tests were conducted on babies who were one year old in order to arrive at the results.

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