I just heard that using the herb fenugreek to increase milk supply could possibly cause PA in children. Just curious... Is this something anyone has heard of or had experience with?
Fenugreek can be dangerous! I have just started researching this. I have a five year old who has sever nut and legume allergies and asthma. NOBODY in our family has nut allergies or asthma at all. I had a very hard time nursing him after my c-section and my doctor recommended Fenugreek to increase my milk supply. Despite the horrible skin rash it gave me on my face (my face was COVERED with tiny pimples just below the surface) I was assured by my doctors that the rash was a minor inconvenience compared to the benefits of being able to nurse my son. I carried on until he was 9 months old and begun biting. Once I stopped nursing I stopped the Fenugreek and my skin cleared back up to it's flawless self. My son, however, breaks out in hives and/or asphyxiates almost instantly if he has anything made with, made on shared equipment with, or in a factor with peanuts or tree nuts. His eyes swelled shut once when a friend touched his forehead after eating PB&J. We waited until he was two before we gave him nuts (now they've raised that recommended age to three) but I am 99% positive that that Fenugreek is what caused our problem. I also believe that it may have caused his throat to swell or get scratchy as a baby and added to his nursing difficulty and caused his eating difficulty. By the way, if the Fenugreek helped to increase my milk supply at all it wasn't by much...it's not worth the risk! My second child was in the NICU for two weeks so I also had nursing difficulty with him. I used Marshmallow Root to make my milk thicker and more desirable to him. I had much better results and no rash...he's only 2.5 now so we haven't given him nuts yet. Hope this helps someone!
PS It thoroughly disgusts me when people give their children nuts before the recommended age. I wouldn't wish this allergy on my worst enemy. Just because they don't have a reaction right away doesn't mean that they aren't now susceptible to nut allergies in the future. I have a cousin who ate nuts her whole life but had a sever reaction at age 20. I bet she wishes her folks waited to give her nuts.
I'm also afraid that my Fenugreek use was related to my son's peanut allergy. There is a warning that it may make your baby smell like maple syrup since it is used as artificial flavoring in pancake syrups. Going to throw that out now, too.
I just read something about paper you can put under your fruit to keep it fresher longer and that it contained fenugreek and that it is related to peanuts. NEVER knew this. I have a severe peanut/tree nut allergic child and during pregnancy I ate peanut butter all the time and also took fenugreek to help milk supply. I kept asking if it was ok to eat peanut butter and they always said yes, but I never thought to ask about fenugreek. Now I am really ticked that this may be the reason I have to worry about anaphylaxis with my daughter!!!!
According to WebMD:
"Fenugreek is LIKELY UNSAFE in pregnancy when used in amounts greater than those in food. It might cause early contractions. Taking fenugreek just before delivery may cause the newborn to have an unusual body odor, which could be confused with “maple syrup disease.” It does not appear to cause long-term effects."
I would definitely suggest staying away from fenugreek during pregnancy, because even though it doesn't mention PA or TNA, it is still not worth the risk!
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