Allergic Newborns May Benefit From Mennonite Farm Moms’ Breast Milk

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : October 14, 2021

What is the source of this ongoing conflagration? There have also been numerous behavioral and environmental variables mentioned. Increasing usage of broad-spectrum medicines, cleansers, antibacterial soap, and cesarean section births, and also modifications in the household, including such reduced airflow, higher carpets with furnishings, and additional warmth, are among them.

Allergic Newborns May Benefit From Mennonite Farm Moms’ Breast Milk

Experts have carried out the study to know the effects of this breast milk on infants from various samples where they have found some facts not noted to date. These effects are required to have a detailed study of the mother’s milk on kids, especially in this area, and know the future medical conditions said a member of the research team.

The samples checked were from different regions and age groups to understand the effects on a wide range of infants. It is a fact that breast milk is the best for infants, but this research has something more to reveal.

Allergic Newborns May Benefit From Mennonite Farm Moms' Breast Milk

One possible cause is that kids spend less time outdoors playing, leading to lower regular exercise, a greater BMI, shorter breathing techniques, reduced sensitivity to microorganisms, and more contact with indoor allergies.

Eczema, seasonal allergies, asthmatic, and dietary allergens were all connected to sensitivities to airborne particles such dust, pollen, mold, or pet dander, as well as foods such peanuts, dairy, soybean, seafood, or gluten. Allergies were assumed to be an uncommon condition only until the late twentieth era. However, allergens have been much more common in Western countries during the 1920s and 1930s, and notably during the middle portion of the twentieth decade.

“Research on very traditional farmers in Europe and North America has pointed to another lifestyle risk factor: a decrease in the consumption of unpasteurized farm milk, large families, and exposure to farm animals and stables along with transportation by horse and buggy,” says Dr. KirsiJärvinen-Seppo, an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Allergy.

Järvinen-Seppo and company found proof that the ‘farm life effect,’ which shields from the onset of allergens, is partially handed on to infants via milk in research released now in Frontiers in Immunology.

“Such a lifestyle was once common around the world, but today is largely restricted in Western countries to some religious communities, such as the Amish or old order Mennonites. Allergies are far less common among them, which suggests that their traditional lifestyle may be a protective factor against the development of atopic diseases.”

“Here we show that breast milk from moms in a community of old order Mennonites contains higher concentrations of IgA antibodies against food allergens, dust mites, and bacteria associated with farm animals, as well as higher levels of certain cytokines, signaling proteins important for regulating the immune system,” says Dr. JuileeThakar, an associate professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Biostatistics.

Old regime Mennonite moms reported a greater frequency of delivering homebirth, more regular usage of bleaching to sanitize the residence, and a lesser contact to medicines and insecticides, as anticipated. They also claimed to have a reduced incidence of atopic disorders in both individuals & their children.

Dr. Antti E. Seppo, a co-author and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, sums up: “Our findings indicate that that breast milk from old order Mennonite mothers contains higher levels of beneficial antibodies, microbes, and metabolites that help to ‘program’ the developing gut microbiota and immune system of their babies. These may protect infants against developing allergic diseases.

This is important because it can help in explaining why atopic diseases are currently exploding in Western populations, and perhaps one day these insights may help to prevent or mitigate these diseases.” They are also important to make medicines for exploding diseases.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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