Another article about exposure via breastfeeding

Posted on: Tue, 04/03/2001 - 11:14pm
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Joined: 02/12/2001 - 09:00

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Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 12:43am
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I must agree that I think that my son became sensatized during my pregnancy and breastfeeding. Almost every night I ate a PB sandwich when I was pregnant with him and I continued to munch down on them during breastfeeding.
I wish someone had warned me as I do have severe environmental allergies and when a parent has allergies it increases your childs chance of having them also. However, when I attempt to warn my friends they never pay attention!!!!
I also wonder if this can be true with lactose intolerance. I drank milk alot when I was pregnant with my second child. I remember that he would move violently for awhile after I drank it and I commented many times to my husband about how much he must like it. Now any kind of dairy product gives him diarrhea or major gas!!!

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 1:24am
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Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Reading this article honestly makes me feel like I want to vomit. I don't mean to gross anyone out; but I am just really distressed. I have already blamed myself so much; but to see this article in black and white lay it out so clearly just makes me want to cry. Maybe I'll have more to say later. [img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 2:38am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

You know what? I am really totally pissed OFF once again by this stuff! My dd was breastfed for about 2 weeks, at which time I was sufferring from acute colitis and was NOT ingesting peanuts or peanut products and she has PA! They really know absolutely NOTHING more than they did before. Yes, nice to say don't expose them to Peanuts till 3 but so what?? There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE TO STATE THAT EVEN IF WE WAIT TILL 3 THEY WILL NOT BE PA!!!
Do not be guilted into the bad mothering rap that medical science and the media seem to always be trying to put on us!
Hey, NOW they are trying to guilt us by stating that there MIGHT be an increase in rickets cases due to the increase of breastfeeding (because our milkd isn't Vitamin D fortified like pasteurized milk you buy in the store is!). Hey, could it be because we HAVE TO avoid taking our kids out too much because of the horrific effects industrialisation has had on our ozone layer and we don't want them to get skin cancer?
I for one am sick to death of all the theories and might be because crap that comes out laying the blame on the mothers and breastfeeding, etc!
I am still nursing my 23 month old, and she may or may not have PA, I don't eat peanut products anymore (since finding out about my elder daughters PA) and if the 23 month old does have a PA I refuse to believe it was MY FAULT!!
Don't let them get to you Miriam!
I really do believe that our children, regardless of when they were exposed, would be PA!!
There will be a new theory next week, its an easy convenient way to deal with this problem without really having to DEAL with it, just say its the nursing moms fault and we won't have PA! HA!!!!
I don't think so!! I am so angry!!!

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 2:41am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

ANd why is this such a big surprise that peanut protein is passed thru the milk? SO WHAT!!! You then have to buy into the "THEORY" that early exposure is what causes the PA. I do NOT! Its all theory. We live ina a society where the use of peanuts and peanut products is a gazillion times greater than in other societies and in the past in our own society. You start feeding a 3 year old PB&J who is genetically prone to this allergy and he will be PA sooner or later! Telling nursing mothers not to eat peanut prodcuts is NOT THE ANSWER!! Its a convenient bandaid and I am sure this research was funded, in part, by peanut growers of america!!! I wish I could articulate my anger better!

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 3:16am
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Joined: 01/15/2001 - 09:00

I agree totally with Mom2Two on this. This theorizing about breastfeeding and PA does not in the least make me feel guilty, nor am I at all convinced that had my children been given man-made chemical-laden formulas they would have been allergy-free. In my case my first son could not tolerate any formulas or foods at all except for breast milk for the first few months--my feeling was and still is, thank goodness for breast milk! I only hope that mothers who did breastfeed do not blame themselves and new mothers who are considering it do not give up breastfeeding because of articles like these. After all, if you think about it soberly, what is going to be "safe" for a nursing mother to eat, once you've eliminated all possible allergens--dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, nuts, maybe all legumes just to be sure? On this non-allergic diet a nursing mother might well starve both herself and her child!

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 3:24am
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Joined: 02/12/2001 - 09:00

Well, as one Miriam to another, [img][/img] I have to say I feel your pain. I'm a huge breastfeeding proponent and that's why things like this make me sad. But I don't think it's about blaming the mother perhaps the way that some read it.
The truth is that many who are PA were never breastfed, or were breastfed by mothers who never ingested peanut products. The truth is that NO ONE understands EXACTLY how this happens, and every piece of research may bring us closer, but certainly nothing out there (so far) is THE WORD or anything.
The thing that struck me the most about this article was some comment about how most children with PA react to their very first exposure to a peanut product, which means they were previously sensitized in the womb. Well, since that was not our experience I'm gonna take that one with a whole shaker of salt. Isaac had happily been eating peanut butter for weeks before he had a reaction. That may make him an exception, but that doesn't mean there's NOT a rule, you know?
I breastfed both kids, and if anything I probably ate LESS peanut with Isaac, and he is PA and his sister is not. Nothing anyone ever says to me will convince me that it's my FAULT that he's PA. I may come to believe that things MAY have been different if I'd known then what I know now... but I can't let myself lose sleep over it. Nor do I feel it's productive to get annoyed about an article like this and decry it because we moms take the rap for everything. It's not meant to be that (even if some of us take it that way).
If this article convinces ONE mother to cut out peanut products while nursing and her child then avoids PA or delays its onset or lessens its severity, then great. THAT is what the article is about. It's not about what we did wrong; it's about what preventive measures other mothers can take.
Just my take on it, anyway. Hang in there.
Miriam (the other Miriam) [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 3:29am
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Joined: 01/15/2001 - 09:00

To add to my above post--this is a subject that I feel strongly about, having breastfed one child for about 2 years and the other for about 2 1/2 years. I think that the best moms can do is have a varied diet if they're worried, not eliminating foods unnecessarily--I don't think the occasional PB sandwich is wrong for a nursing mother. Furthermore not every PA child has been breastfed, and not every breastfed child is PA--the reasons for the increase in PA nationally are more complicated than this. Unfortunately, too, this line of research plays right into the hands of the huge corporations who market formulas.

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 3:55am
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Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

Mariam (s),
I agree that the article was informing us to the POTENTIAL dangers of peanut protein. No one is 100% sure why some children are PA and other are not, from nursing mothers who ate peanuts. I abstained from alcohol, caffeine, even second hand smoke and other potential harmful products while I was pregnant. That was almost 12 years ago. Had I known now what I know I would have added peanuts to that list. It is only for a short time in our lives and if it helps isn't worth it? I can either feel guilty and blame myself and don't get me wrong I go through period where I am so bummed about the things Seth in unable to participate in, or I can try and make a difference and educate myself and then others.
We can make a difference to those who do not have PA by making them aware and to those that do by offering support and giving a voice to our cause. The more people who speak out the better chance we have of making all aware of this deadly allergy.
We need this hope.
Kristina Marie

Posted on: Wed, 04/04/2001 - 4:44am
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Joined: 10/25/2000 - 09:00

This is indeed sad. I hope you don't mind if I relate my story. I ate peanuts twice while I was breastfeeding--both times Nicholas reacted by vomiting. He was only 3-4 months old at the time. I called the doctor, hence my introduction to this web site.
I am the most self-blaming, guilty person I know. But I truly DON'T blame myself for Nicholas peanut allergy. In fact, I'm grateful to have discovered it so early so I could become educated and help.
I believe he would have been sensitized eventually. It's not like I gave him a disease, for heaven's sake! I believe he would be allergic to peanuts no matter how little I ate peanuts or how much.
My cents, thanks for listening,

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2001 - 3:11pm
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Joined: 04/02/2001 - 09:00

I am a nursing mom (it is so much a part of my life that is why I go by 'milkmom'!) and ate a lot of peanut butter and peanut products before learning my son had pa. We discovered he had pa from him eating peanut butter. As far as I could tell he never reacted to the peanuts in my breastmilk.
Of course to play it safe I have cut out peanuts from both of our diets all together.
I have a hard time buying into the notion that what a Mom eats while pregnant or lactating can cause her child's allergy. There are so many things we eat regularly that it would just seem like every kid would then be allergic to whatever happened to be his/her mom's favorite food. This doesn't seem to be the case.
It is frustrating, though, to hear reports that try to say anything bad about breastfeeding. There seems to be so little support for it anyway in our country and these reports only fuel the notion that one has feeding 'choices'.
The real benefits of breastmilk are so minimized in our culture that to many women choosing between breast or bottle is like Pepsi or Coke. It is more like choosing between taking a jet from New York to London or swimming there!


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