How much does breastfeeding reduce the risk of allergies?

I realize that there are babies that will get allergies whether or not they are breastfed or formula fed, but how much does breastfeeding reduce the risk of developing allergies or how much does it help to make an allergy less severe?

I'm really not interested in anecdotal evidence of the X number of kids you know who were fed Y and turned out to have or not have Z. This type of argument has no validity to sway the fact that breast milk and formula are not even close to being equal forms of nutrition.

Thanks for answering.

Written By Evie Neumann

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  • Betsy March 19, 2009, 9:10 pm

    I'm not sure I'm convinced that it is breastfeeding that reduces the chances. It is more just the avoidance of solids until a baby is really ready for them, until their systems are ready to handle them.