The Role of Partially Hydrolyzed Whey Formula for the Prevention of Allergic Disease

Evidence and Gaps

Adrian J Lowe; Shyamali C Dharmage; Katrina J Allen; Mimi LK Tang; David J Hill


Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2013;9(1):31-41. 

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Expert Commentary

The increased prevalence of childhood allergic diseases over recent decades in western societies, together with the health burden they create, has prompted vigorous efforts to identify strategies to prevent the development of these conditions. The use of various infant formulae has been the key among these prevention strategies, including partially hydrolyzed whey. Despite over 30 years of research on this topic, the use of these formula remains controversial, and the best advice we can provide mothers is to maintain breastfeeding for the first 4–6 months of the child's life.