Breastfeeding and Pregnant Moms - Beware
I'm curious about something which has troubled me for quite some time. How many of you read a book called "What to expect when you're expecting" and it's successor "What to expect the First year"? I read both of these books, and followed what they called the "Best Odds Diet", with the approval of my OBGYN. The diet is definetely on target with respect to assuring that a pregnant and breastfeeding mom receives all her required nutrients. However, the diet "hawks" peanuts and peanut butter, and the books are number one best sellers. I can't tell you how many days I stared at the bottom of a toilet bowl, yaking my guts up from morning sickness, and then ate two tablespoons of peanut butter because it would be easier on my sour stomach than an 8oz. chicken breast (as the diet recommended).
Are you all aware that current research supports a link not only between breastfeeding and peanut consumption, but between pregnancy and peanut consumption? I did not make this mistake in my second pregnancy. I knew my son was allergic to peanuts. I did not eat them when I was pregnant or breastfeeding the second time, and guess what? My daughter, now 2 1/2 is not showing any signs of any allergy. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and you have a history of allergy, PLEASE, PLEASE do not eat peanuts or nut containing products or products containing natural flavor (unless you have checked with the manufacturer). You may actually save your child from a life of dealing with these issues. I'd really like to hear responses on this - it's bothered me for a long, long time.
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