Breastfeeding a PA child

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 12:48am
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My daughter is almost 14 months old and is still breastfeeding and not showing signs of stopping anytime soon. I was wondering about the diets of other moms who are breastfeeding their PA babies. How strict are you with your own diet? Do you eat out at restaurtants? Do you eat things that could possibly be cross contaminated? Right now, I am only eating things are I know are completely safe and I have not been eating out at restaurants, except for Burger King occasionally.

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 1:32am
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My son was 22 months when he had an anaphylatic reaction which led us to discover his allergy to peanuts. As he was still breastfeeding (and continued to do so until shortly after his 4th birthday!), I kept to the same diet as his. In fact, our whole family still keeps to the same diet.
My husband occasionally eats out for lunch and avoids all nuts, sesame seeds, etc. When it does happen that he gets a dish with nuts or whatever, he washes his face and hands thoroughly afterwards and again when he comes home before touching our son. He also changes his clothes before touching our son.
When I've eaten out (ah, so rarely!), I not only follow the same actions as my husband, I also go the extra mile of returning any and all dishes that arrive with nuts, etc. as I particularly inquire about nuts and seeds before ordering.
These actions may see extreme to some but it's a "comfort-level" thing. Having seen my child struggle to breathe while I drove him to the doctor (when I called, as I did not know what was happening when the rash and cough began, the nurse said there wasn't time to get an ambulance and their office was next door to the hospital where they could treat him faster as they knew he was arriving), I will not knowingly risk any chance of it happening again.

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 3:05am
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My son is 7 months old, and we just discovered his PA. Since he's still breastfed I'm trying to avoid anything with nuts, or that may be cross contaminated. My sons doctor said that it's not neccessary, since my son only reacted with hives, but after looking on the internet I felt that it was important to give these things up. (you can never be too careful) HTH
~Steph, mommy to Deuce(3 years) and Dakota(7 months)

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 4:45am
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My PA dd still nurses and I put myself on the same diet as her as soon as I found out about her PA a year ago. Although we haven't let her eat any candy yet, I crave it all the time, so I only eat VT Nut-free chocolate, safe Canadian Nestle candy bars, and the other safe candies noted on this site. I haven't eaten or touched any nuts since I found out about her PA.

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 11:56pm
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When my DD was diagnosed with her allergies we were no longer breastfeeding, but when I gave birth to my second child, I was scrupulous throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding to avoid any peanuts or cross contaminated food. I'm still breastfeeding, and even though it looks like my DS doesn't have any food allergies, I'm still following the same careful diet just in case!
Sarah

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 12:49am
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I breastfed my PN/TN allergic son for 15 months AFTER we found out about his allergies. I think what you are already doing sounds great. I basically did the same thing and really still do. But definitely while nursing, I avoided all nuts and nut products as well as potential cross-contaminated foods.
Jaime

Posted on: Thu, 02/06/2003 - 2:00am
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While breastfeeding my PA/TN, etc. son I not only avoided nuts, but also fish and shellfish, to hopefully avoid his developing allergies to these.
My second was allergic to milk and wheat, so I added these to the list of foods to avoid while breastfeeding him.
It isn't always easy, but it's worth it.

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 1:32am
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My son was 22 months when he had an anaphylatic reaction which led us to discover his allergy to peanuts. As he was still breastfeeding (and continued to do so until shortly after his 4th birthday!), I kept to the same diet as his. In fact, our whole family still keeps to the same diet.
My husband occasionally eats out for lunch and avoids all nuts, sesame seeds, etc. When it does happen that he gets a dish with nuts or whatever, he washes his face and hands thoroughly afterwards and again when he comes home before touching our son. He also changes his clothes before touching our son.
When I've eaten out (ah, so rarely!), I not only follow the same actions as my husband, I also go the extra mile of returning any and all dishes that arrive with nuts, etc. as I particularly inquire about nuts and seeds before ordering.
These actions may see extreme to some but it's a "comfort-level" thing. Having seen my child struggle to breathe while I drove him to the doctor (when I called, as I did not know what was happening when the rash and cough began, the nurse said there wasn't time to get an ambulance and their office was next door to the hospital where they could treat him faster as they knew he was arriving), I will not knowingly risk any chance of it happening again.

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 3:05am
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My son is 7 months old, and we just discovered his PA. Since he's still breastfed I'm trying to avoid anything with nuts, or that may be cross contaminated. My sons doctor said that it's not neccessary, since my son only reacted with hives, but after looking on the internet I felt that it was important to give these things up. (you can never be too careful) HTH
~Steph, mommy to Deuce(3 years) and Dakota(7 months)

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 4:45am
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Joined: 02/28/2002 - 09:00

My PA dd still nurses and I put myself on the same diet as her as soon as I found out about her PA a year ago. Although we haven't let her eat any candy yet, I crave it all the time, so I only eat VT Nut-free chocolate, safe Canadian Nestle candy bars, and the other safe candies noted on this site. I haven't eaten or touched any nuts since I found out about her PA.

Posted on: Wed, 02/05/2003 - 11:56pm
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When my DD was diagnosed with her allergies we were no longer breastfeeding, but when I gave birth to my second child, I was scrupulous throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding to avoid any peanuts or cross contaminated food. I'm still breastfeeding, and even though it looks like my DS doesn't have any food allergies, I'm still following the same careful diet just in case!
Sarah

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