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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the latest advice regarding breastfeeding and the prevention of eczema?

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    Melissa is an Endorsed Eligible Midwife in private practice in Sydney.  She provides pregnancy, birth and postnatal care for women across Sydney.  Melissa has practised … View Profile

    Breastfeeding is a great way to minimise the chance of your baby developing eczema, asthma, allergies, obesity and diabetes.  This is related to the immunological benefits of breastfeeding.  Vaginal birth is also important to ensure that your baby's gut is colonised by health bacteria that play an important role in minimising astha, allergies and eczema.

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    Midwife and lactation consultant with over twenty years experience in helping parents adapt to their new role. I work collaboratively with an OB in North … View Profile

    While breastfeeding is important in helping provide immunological protection for babies some children will be genetically predisposed to eczema .I often emphasize the importance of avoiding irritating substances when bathing babies .Some of the products we use to bath our babies may cause skin irritation.

  • Megan Hayes

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    I totally agree to the fact of breastfeeding, as this is very important to the growth of the child. The baby gains vitamins and proteins from his mother's milk. Many a times the mothers are not bothered to breastfeed their child, which may result in the harmful effects on their growth this has to be improved as to give good health to the babies by  breastfeeding.

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