A new study, published in the international journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (PGHN) shows breastfed babies have a lower risk of Coeliac disease compared to non breastfed.
The study also showed that babies receiving gluten before six months of age, had a higher rate of Coeliac disease, compared to those receiving gluten in their diet after six months. It was not clear however, if the symptoms were merely delayed or if the protection was permanent.
The study was conducted on 198 children, already diagnosed with Coeliac disease, by Dr Shailja Vajpayee, Dr Shiv Dayal Sharma, Dr Rajkumar Gupta, Dr Alok Goyal, and Dr Aakash Sharma of department of pediatric medicine, JK Lon hospital attached to Sawai Man Singh Medical College, Jaipur, India.
The full report is available here: http://pdf.medrang.co.kr/paper/pdf/Kjpgn/Kjpgn019-04-02.pdf