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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 Mrsdocrse on Sun, 10-27-13, 20:03

My son was born in 2000 formula fed and I ate tons of PB while pg. Ate it every day. I introduced solid at about 4 months old? can't remember exactly. Gave him a taste of my english muffin with PB on it at about age 2.5 . Had an almost instant reaction. ;0(

He also had mild milk and egg while allergy that he outgrew fairly early.

I have read that Peanut protein can show up in breast milk. I would check with the Dr. now to see when to introduce foods... and PB. I have heard that they don't recommend restricting PB anymore... I don't think anyone knows. I felt guilty for a long time for not breast feeding and for giving him the peanut butter..... can't change the past!

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By thekilij on Sun, 10-27-13, 17:20

My daughter has a severe peanut and tree nut allergy, and has a "mild" allergy to dairy.

I do not recall every peanut product I may have had during my pregnancy, but I do distinctly remember eating a Snickers Bar on a daily basis for a short time while pregnant due to cravings.

I breastfed my daughter exclusively until she stopped at 14 months. At about 2 months, I removed all highly allergenic foods from my diet due to her colic and a bloody stool.

I began introducing generally non-allergenic foods when she was about 6 months old. I never got a chance to purposely introduce peanuts to her. At about the stage of sitting up and crawling, she picked up and placed in her mouth a peanut she found on her father's office floor. I noticed her messing around with something in her mouth and got it out. She had no reaction to it. A long time thereafter, I introduced her to cashews in a dinner dish, and her throat started to close on her. We gave her Benadryl and at her next visit with the pediatrician, requested a panel be done to test for allergies. After the results came back showing allergies to dogs, milk, cashews and peanuts, we saw an allergist. Despite the allergist suspecting my daughter was not allergic to anything at all, her scratch test verified the blood tests, showing the worst reaction with the peanuts. Now my daughter cannot even come into physical contact with peanut products without a reaction.

Personally, I am of the opinion that dairy during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or direct feeding initiates food allergies in addition to other health issues. And I hope to see a lot more research investigating this.

People who spend their entire lives researching these things do not have an answer, so how can you be expected to know exactly what to do? Please do not feel guilty about your child's allergies. That you are taking the time engaging on a site like this is a clear indicator that you are a good, thoughtful, active parent.

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By jap on Sun, 10-27-13, 17:20

Ok get this
In the uk food packets will actually have warnings on saying not suitable for pregnant women, contains peanuts + same for breastfeeding.

Why do i mention this ?? , you have to think outside of the box, all the comments regards the American society or Pediatric society, why don't you investigate what other world countries recommend ? I will tell you that the usa is far behind when it comes to peanut in most aspects, Canada has a much more restaurant friendly allergy program. Bottom line if you are pregnant or breastfeeding how bad do you really need that peanut.? Maybe coincident but are daughter is greater than 100 out of 100 for peanut allergy , coincidentally my wife ate a peanut butter sandwich almost daily while pregnant ??? , food for thought.So do some research on what they are recommending in the uk and other countries you might be surprised.


Okay, I just learnt that cheerios is now manufacturing peanut cheerios. They used to be a healthy snack for kids and children carried them in cartoons as travel snacks. Obviously kids will accidentally be exposed to them as toddlers will share and the color is almost the same. Sooner or later somebody will die from this accident waiting to happen. Poptarts have numerous flavors, and they are smart enough not to have a peanut flavor. The American Peds does not recommend peanut under age of 4. So much for the healthy company, not to mention the salt and fat. I urge you to call the cheerios company as I did and voice your concern, get friends and relatives all over to the usa and maybe enough complaints will change their mind, tell them you will boycott their brand.
Number is 1-800-248-7310 between (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT, weekdays)
Say cherio to Cherios, Cherio off to eat a bowl of Corn Flakes.

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By Sunshine5 on Sun, 10-27-13, 16:19

I was told by my doctor not to eat any peanuts when pregnant because of a possible connection to peanut allergies. So I had none. I formula fed my daughter and started her on baby food when she was about 5 months old. She had her first taste of peanuts just after her third birthday and went into immediate anaphylaxis. She is highly allergic to peanuts and many tree nuts and has a mild allergy to soy. I have always wondered if I had eaten nuts or breastfed if she would be allergic now. I know it's not my fault but I can't help but feel guilty somehow. But after reading these posts I see so many people who have breastfed and eaten peanuts while pregnant and still have allergic children. Who knows?

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By samsmommy99 on Sun, 10-27-13, 16:03

I ate tons of peanut butter when I was pregnant....I couldn't get enough of the gooey stuff!! My mother warned me not to eat so much, but I told her she was overreacting and I didn't know anyone with a kid who had a peanut allergy. Fast forward to Sam at 8 months old.....he had always had eczema and digestion issues that we chalked up to dairy, little did I know this was a sign of things were becoming a problem. I was feeding him at his high hair while eating peanut butter and apples and thought I would be interesting to see what he thought of the texture, so I gave him a pencil eraser size taste of peanut butter...nothing happened....so I thought......I had put him down for a nap and he had started getting fussy and crying so I went up to get him and he was covered in huge hives! I called the dr right away and they said to give Benadryl...I did, and he vomited projectile vomit within 5 minutes, I called 911 and watched as my baby started to go limp in my arms and his lips started turning blue....the ambulance arrived and they gave him epinephrine and took us to the hospital....we have avoided peanuts ever since, and he is now 14 and we have never had a second incident due to being vigilant.
Peanuts suck, and as soon as the desensitizing is available I am doing it....Sam is also non verbal and autistic and won't always have me to protect him, so for me, it's a no brainer to do it.

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By cass5292 on Sun, 10-27-13, 15:26

I ate peanuts during both of my pregnancies and while breast-feeding with my two children, (I breastfed almost exclusively until they were one on the advise of my sister who is a NICU nurse and a LACHE instructor). I did not introduce peanuts to them until they were 3 years old on the advice of an allergist. My daughter (first-born) is highly allergic to peanuts, several tree nuts and shellfish. My son has no allergies. Go figure. I have done so much research but there seems to be no pattern. I truly believe a lot of it has to do with your DNA, (my daughter is so much like my husband and he has severe seasonal allergies) and my son is so much like me and I have no allergies. Also, I believe that GMO's (genetically modified foods) has messed us up. Our bodies no longer recognize food the way God made it to be.

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By TiffanyW on Sun, 10-27-13, 17:30

Definitely agree with you! Especially with the GMO's!

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By roygirl22 on Sun, 10-27-13, 15:08

I breastfeed my PA son til he was 19m. He really did not eat solids until he was 1. He got ahold of something with peanut butter by accident around 13m and had swelling of the eyes and hives around his mouth.

On the other hand I am still bf my 2yr old son and he is not allergic to anything at all. He has been tested.

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By TiffanyW on Sun, 10-27-13, 15:08

I breastfed my DD until she was 2. She showed signs of food allergy at an early age. I would eat peanuts when I was breastfeeding and it passed through my breastmilk causing her to break out in hives and have black and blood tinged stools. It wasn't until she was 8 months old and got a hold of my son's PB sandwich that I actually found out she was allergic. She also was allergic to dairy but out grew that. She is severely allergic to peanuts though.

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By jenken1998 on Fri, 10-25-13, 02:19

I adore PB. When I was pregnant if I ate it I got deathly ill. Once I delivered my PA son I could eat it again. Now he is allergic. I did breastfeed and did eat PB after he was born. I have always wondered connections?

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