Southampton university research has found that introducing solid food to babies whilst breastfeed could reduce food allergies.
The research suggested that giving babies solid food beside breast feeding helps it develop a better, stronger immune system to fight food allergies.
Babies are largely intolerant of solid food before four to six months of age. This is because their gut is relatively immature.
The study included 1140 babies from Hampshire. 41 of these children went onto to develop a food allergy by the time they were two years of age. The diet of these infants was compared with the diet of 82 infants who did not develop food allergy by the time they were two.