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Posted on: Sat, 08/09/2003 - 6:52am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

pI breastfed my daughter until she was ten months. Someone told me pb was good for the breastmilk, so I ate a sandwich every day! My daughter's reaction at ten months was severe. After she tested positive for peanut allergy we took peanut out of my diet and her excema cleared right away./p
pWith my son, I was still avoiding peanut and nursed him for 20 months. Thankfully he has no peanut allergy, however he has not had any exposure either./p
pI truly believe that breastfeeding is the best way to feed your child, but when I was pregnant and nursing there was no talk of the connection./p

Posted on: Sun, 08/10/2003 - 7:21am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

pI am currently breastfeeding my second child. My first (who is PA) was nursed for a year. I did eat PB with her enjoyed it. I wouldn't call it excessive but maybe at a moderate level of consumption. Of course, I have learned a lot since then have avoided PB all together with my second pregnancy while nursing. My second child will be tested soon b/c she reacted with hives to peas get this, GREEN BEANS!! I guess I will soon find out about the PB but don't know yet. We DO have a family history of food allergies on my husband's side. I have been told if you have a predisposition to food allergies AVOID them. Eating PB while pregnant nursing probably sensitized my first too early but I think she would have gotten it anyway. I can only imagine what other problems or allergies she could have if I wouldn't have nursed. You can't go wrong with nursing. It is "tailor made" food for your child. Hereditary definitely plays a big role. My advice would be to nurse just avoid foods that could be common food allergens. It's well worth the sacrafice. My kids allergies could be a lot worse. An uncle of ours couldn't eat PB, flour, wheat, soy, milk, etc. I think nursing helps. Just FYI./p

Posted on: Sun, 06/13/2004 - 1:12am
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00


Posted on: Sun, 10/28/2007 - 6:45pm
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Joined: 01/22/2006 - 09:00

My first child I was not able to nurse. I did it for nine days and felt like she was starving. So, knowing nothing about food allergies, I pumped what little supply I had left for 3 months which amounted to 1 bottle a day if I was lucky. I put my child on regular formula, hence not knowing about allergies. But she kept throwing up, so a friend told me to try different types of formulas. We tried soy (awful for her) and then lactose free one and this seemed to do the trick. I think at about 8 months I started on a hypoallergenic formula. At about a year old when you should be switching to milk, she started developing rashes and we had her tested and found out about all of her allergies.
My second child I avoided just peanuts/nuts because first child was highly allergic. I was able to nurse second child for a very long time. She was tested about 18months and came up allergic to peanut too.
I don't know what the magic formula for avoiding food allergies are but just do what you feel you have to for your new baby. Best wishes!

Posted on: Sun, 10/28/2007 - 8:59pm
maphiemom's picture
Joined: 12/01/2005 - 09:00

You know if you breastfeed and prevent asthma that would be well worth it, kids with asthma and food allergies have a higher chance of deadly reaction, I was told both of my kids would have asthma because of family history, neither of my kids have asthma , I breastfed becasue it was best , not because I enjoyed it.I believe it s the reason.

Posted on: Mon, 10/29/2007 - 12:19am
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Joined: 07/19/2007 - 09:00

I breasfed both of my boys for 6 months. They both nursed every 1.5-2 hours for at least 30 minutes.... that's from start of feeding to start of feeding, so I know it can be difficult.
Bfing decreases the chances of allergies just like wearing a seatbelt decreases your chances of dying in a car accident, if there's anything I have learned it's that there are no guarentees in life. breast milk is very good for babies... "the gold standard" is what I was told. If you can, do it. Any amount of time is beneficial.
One child having allergies doesn't mean the other one will... My oldest... other than some very very mild eczema as a baby hasn't had any issues (Knock wood), my younger has PA.
I did find that bfing my 2nd did go more smoothly than my first despite him being in the NICU for 6 days. I think I had problems letting down, which is why I think they nursed often and for a long time.
REsearch and do what you think is best for your baby.

Posted on: Mon, 10/29/2007 - 1:18am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

I bf my dd for ten months. She had many food allergies, she remains only pa and asthmatic. My ds I bf for 20 months and he was initially allergic to dairy in my diet and outgrew by 1 years old. He has NKA as of now he is eight. My youngest dd was bf for just as long and she has nka as well, she is almost three.
In my opinion your children are going to have allergies, or they won't and at this point there is no definitive answer that says yes this will or no this won't cause an allergy. I hope all works well for you whichever way you choose.

Posted on: Tue, 10/30/2007 - 1:12am
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Joined: 06/06/2007 - 09:00

I am currently breatfeeding #4 and hoping for the best. DS#3 is the one with MFA. The first 2 have no food allergies. I ate peanuts for the first 2 months bf #4 until we found out about the PA. I ate tons of PB when nursing the other 3. So who knows for sure?

Posted on: Tue, 10/30/2007 - 1:39am
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

There are no hard proof that breastfeeding prevents allergies, in fact it might be the reverse.
BUT dont stop breastfeeding because of the varying opinions and opposing studies.
If you can breastfeed , and want to do it. For as long as you want. There are many other breastfeeding benifits, not just for the baby but for you. Reducing your chances of breast cancer for one.
As for diet restrictions during pregnancy , again there is major dispute over this area, with avoidance causing allergies.
Do what ever is comfortable for you, and dont blame yourself in any way.
If its any comfort, I have four children , and only one has the allergies, and all children were fed for the first year or longer.

Posted on: Wed, 10/31/2007 - 2:01pm
stella's picture
Joined: 07/06/2007 - 09:00

I was floored when our allergist said that breastfeeding may not have a protective effect against allergies as shown by some recent studies. Here's a link to one study that comes to that conclusion:
I agree with williamsmummy. Do what feels right to you. My belief is that you can't rely on what doctors tell you as the information keeps changing... If it were me, my gut instinct tells me that I would breastfeed while strictly eliminating as as many of the big allergens as I could, especially milk, egg, and nuts. I would breastfeed that way for as long as I could and then switch to an elemental formula. However, that may not be the right thing to do either as there are studies being done now to see if EARLY introduction of allergens has a protective effect. It is so frustrating to know what to do that it seems like a crapshoot at times! Good luck and do what feels right.


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