breastfeeding and peanut allergy. is there a link?

For those with a PA child , did you breastfeed or formula feed or combination? For all, when did you first introduce solids? When did you introduce peanuts? Im so curious! Some sites are saying theres a link between breastfeeding and development of pa in kids :(. Ive even read that the protein can show up in breast milk?

By Dorys on Tue, 10-29-13, 12:51

Forgot to add... I introduced solids at 6 months but he was not interested at all. He started eating more after 10 months. Haven't introduced peanuts and don't think I will for many years to come. And I just kept taking my prenatals and my other vitamins (had to supplement due to diets). But before I took anything I checked with my doctor and La Leche League. So far so good... God willing he remains food allergy free :) and hopefully one day there's a cure for the nuts allergies so I could help my daughter as well.

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By Dorys on Tue, 10-29-13, 12:54

Good morning. I have a 6 year old daughter that is highly allergic to all type of nuts and mild allergies to eggs and milk. I did not BF her because when born she had severe reflux and colics and honestly was not very informed on the situation. She drank extreme sensitive formula. And yes I consumed nuts when pregnant with her, specifically Almond milk. We found out my daughter had food allergies when we moved to the States. She kept having eczema and Nobody could tell me why. I switched Pediatricians about 6 times until finally met our current Dr, she immediately ordered a blood test and we found out all of her allergies, we modified all of our eating habits and learned how to live with it. I stopped consuming anything with nuts the minute my daughter was diagnosed. When I got pregnant with my son I thought to expand my diet and see what happens. I stopped eating eggs (only some food containing eggs), and limited my dairy and wheat consumption. I am still BF (he is 13 months) he got tested recently. Only allergies are extremely mild wheat sensitivity and dust mite and cockroach. Is it a coincidence, I don't know? We have tried on 2 separate occasions to give him regular milk but he had a bit of eczema (even though he tested completely negative to milk allergies). I will continue BF and see what happens. Good luck to us all!

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By Hsmith6165 on Mon, 10-28-13, 16:19

I breastfeed for several months then added formula. During the day he will take 4 oz of soy formula mixed with 2 oz of breast milk. Then at night I will breastfeed. We introduce solids at 6 months. He was diagnosed PA at 4 months. I don't like peanut butter or peanuts so didn't eat them while I was pregnant. I will occasionally eat a bar with peanuts/tree nuts mixed in. This is how we discovered the PA. He broke out in hives after I had eaten a bar with peanuts/tree nuts in it. I had to eliminate all peanut/tree nut from my diet. My daughter is also PA and the same with her while I was pregnant. But she developed her allergy around the age of 2 1/2. She was introduced to peanuts around 2. Ate them fine for about 6 months, then one day had a reaction after eating peanut butter. She also has an egg allergy which we discovered on her 1 year bday from cupcakes. I think it is strange that I don't like peanuts and rarely eat them, and both of my kids have this allergy, while I was pregnant with my daughter eggs would make me sick to my stomach, and she has this allergy. I had never had trouble with eggs before and haven't since. I wonder sometimes if the allergies have to do with a lack of exposure from me while I was pregnant. We have enviromental allergies, but not food allergies in the family.

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By samsmommy99 on Mon, 10-28-13, 14:51

I forgot to add in my earlier post that I attempted to breast feed, but could not produce enough milk, so he was on formula after about a week, solids were introduced at about 4 months, which at the time, with my pediatrician was a normal time.....Sam was also 16 lbs at 4 months and was constantly hungry, so the dr said it would help keep his tummy more full.

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By cass5292 on Mon, 10-28-13, 14:21

In my comment earlier, I forgot to mention that my daughter never had a peanut or peanut butter. She had eczema since she was a baby which we could just never get under control. Finally when she was almost three and out of she frustration, I pressed my doctor to have her tested for food allergies since I my research told me that eczema and food allergies (and asthma, which she has) tend to go hand and hand.
Sure enough, my instincts where right. The doctor called me and said the blood test shows that she is highly allergic to peanuts, several tree nuts, shellfish. I would encourage any parent who has a child with bad eczeman to talk to their pediatrican about testing for food allergies. Mothers, please try not to blame yourself. I have been there and still struggle with it, but the evidence is so inconclusive. Why does China and India, Thailand have such a low rate of peanut allergies when most of their foods contain some sort of peanut protein? Why does my daughter have food allergies and by son none, even though I ate the same foods while pregnant? As a matter of fact, I know one Mom whose first son has a peanut allergy and she DID eat peanuts while pregnant with him. During her second pregnancy she avoided ALL NUTS and any cross contamination. Her second son was born with a peanut allergy, too. Go figure.

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By lyssiecat on Mon, 10-28-13, 12:36

I am a peanut butter fan. I ate a PB&J sandwich every single day of my pregnancy. No one in my family has ever had a peanut allergy. I breastfed my son until he was 10 1/2 months old exclusively with introduction of solids at 6 months old. Around that same time, I breastfed him after having eaten a PB&J sandwich. Within minutes, his entire body broke out in hives. I contacted his pediatrician who told me that it was possible he had developed an allergy to either peanuts or strawberries (both were on my sandwich) and to avoid all products containing these ingredients until my son reached the age of 3. At 2 1/2 years old, my parents took him to a buffet while I was working. He had a quarter of an unmarked peanut butter cookie and within 20 seconds of ingesting it, he was projectile vomiting, had broken out in hives and was beginning to have difficulty breathing. Because my son's allergy had not been "officially" diagnosed, we did not have life saving interventions available such as an epi-pen. My parents rushed him to the hospital, which was thankfully only a few minutes away from where they were, and he was able to get the necessary medical attention to save him. He was later diagnosed as having a severe peanut allergy, along with all other legumes, and soy. Fortunately, my son was not lost that day. It could have been far worse. Good luck.

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By Trish0406 on Mon, 10-28-13, 04:54

I breast fed exclusively until my son was 18 months. We introduced him to solids at 6 months and peanut butter at 1 year. He showed no interest in eating the peanut butter so I spread a small amount on a Cheerio, forced it into his mouth, he spat it out, and minutes later covered in hives and barely breathing we were on an ambulance ride to the hospital where we discovered that he is deathly allergic to peanuts and allergy tests confirm that he is also severely allergic to tree nuts as well. As we were heading out of the country, my family doctor as well as the travel clinic suggested we wait until he turned 1 to introduce peanuts prior to the trip but our allergist said to wait until 3 years at the earliest. Prior to the peanut butter incident he showed no signs of an allergy to all nut or food or from breast milk but he did have some hives when a family member thought it was funny to let him lick pistachios when he was about 2 months old. He is deathly allergic to peanuts, pistachios and cashews, has had 3 reactions of hiving from being around nuts at weddings or gathering without ingesting. I did eat peanuts and peanut butter when I was pregnant and breast feeding. It's hard not to feel guilty that I did something to cause his allergy. Taking him to football and hockey games or gatherings gets me so stressed out and worried as I fear he will die from his allergy. He doesn't seem to have any other allergies or asthma or eczema as I have been told these can go along with the PA.

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By LMT480 on Mon, 10-28-13, 02:27

I exclusively breastfed my daughter for 1 year (no formula) and introduced solids at 5 months. Yes, I did eat peanut butter while pregnant and breast feeding. My daughter's allergy started when she was 15 months old and had a bite of my peanut butter toast. At the time I was told her allergy was probably because of what I ate while I was pregnant, just a little maternal guilt. Of course years later I read that you should eat peanuts when pregnant so the developing fetus will recognize the protein! The experts really don't know for sure. There really isn't a way to randomize pregnant women into a study, its not really ethical. The literature has changed many times in the 14 years since my daughter's diagnosis.

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By BeckettsMom on Sun, 10-27-13, 23:00

I don't like peanuts or peanut butter, so I did not eat them during my pregnancy. When my son was 5 months old, I ate chicken with a little Thai peanut sauce. After I nursed him that night, he broke out in hives and his face swelled up. His allergy was diagnosed right after that. No one in my family or my husband's family has a peanut allergy. Crazy!

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By Heatherk5424 on Sun, 10-27-13, 20:00

I breastfed both girls for 12 months, exclusively until 6 months when I began solids with rice cereal. I will note that I did have to supplement with formula (milk based similar) for the first month. I don't really eat peanut butter but had been eating snack bars with peanuts while pregnant and nursing. At four months my second daughter began hiving up after feedings and waking from naps screaming, covered in hives, face and eyes red and swollen. She also had always present excema. Not once did the pediatrician ever suggest food allergies or even something I was eating and passing along. But this was obviously the case, as she was only consuming breast milk for the first two months of symptom presentation. This persisted until her diagnosis at age 1 after we nearly lost her to her first and last PB sandwhich. It was a double insult because we learned she is also allergic to wheat, although not celiac disease. Her peanut IgE value is 8.1 where it should be less than 0.03.

The ironic thing is I drank milk by the gallon, literally, while pregnant yet she has no dairy allergies. I have my personal doubts about pregnancy diet as a factor. With my first child I did eat plenty of PB and she has no food allergies. There are also no known food allergies anywhere in our families.

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