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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 PeanutAllergy.com on Fri, 10-25-13, 00:23

Question of the Week: Answered!

Every week, PeanutAllergy.com is answering one of the questions posted in our community.

Our Answer:

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends exclusively breastfeeding your child for at least four to six months and then introduce solid foods, including allergenic ones. Introduce one new food every three to five days.

In the past, allergists have advised not introducing peanuts to children until they are 3 years old. Now research suggests that introducing allergens to children between the ages of 5 and 12 months may actually prevent food allergies.

If you eat peanuts while breastfeeding, your breast milk will contain small amounts of the peanut protein. However, there is no evidence to suggest that these small traces of protein will increase your baby’s risk of developing a peanut allergy.

Ultimately, you should consult your pediatrician or pediatric allergist for testing and guidance.

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By ewalters14 on Thu, 10-24-13, 20:00

I ate so much PB with my peanut daughter because I craved it so much when I was pregnant with her! I have always wondered if there was a correlation? She was breastfed for about 6 mths. We tried a peanut at about 2 and she a projectile vomiting! Then at about 3 1/2 she was at day care and had a chocolate chip granola bar and we had to give the epi-pen.

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By drgnflie1102 on Thu, 10-24-13, 15:00

- My PA child and my non PA child were both formula fed.
- I ate peanut butter during both pregnancies, but I definitely had more during my PA child pregnancy because I was craving it.
- Introduced solids around 6 months and peanut butter after a year for both children.
(My PA child is my youngest)

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By jenlil on Thu, 10-24-13, 01:40

My first child had a dairy allergy until 3 yrs. I was told not by my pediatrician to stop consuming dairy while breast feeding, but an allergist. My son was 10 months old at the time so I stopped breast feeding because I could not not eat dairy. When I was pregnant with my second child I did not eat any nuts or shellfish even while breast feeding for one year. I did not introduce solids until 6 months I think. I did not introduce peanuts until 3.5. She had a total aversion to nuts smell and all. eventually telling me it makes her throat feel weird. We had her blood tested and she was in the middle of the scale. We repeated twice in the last 3.5 yrs and it has gradually gotten worse. I have read that vaccines can contain peanut oil???? We have been very diligent keeping her away from nuts.

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By survivingfood on Tue, 10-22-13, 17:00

There is a stronger link between eating PB and being pregnant. All the children that I know with PA had their moms eat PB while pregnant. The correlation has many variables though and is not an exact science.

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