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Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 1:11am
sbd's picture
Joined: 01/05/2001 - 09:00

I am the mother of 14 month old triplets. I breast fed all three for five months. I also drank a lot of milk and ate peanut butter both during my pregnancy and while breast feeding. On of my three has an allergy to peanut butter (still waiting for the blood results) while the other two do not. I believe that if breastfeeding has anything to do with food allergies it is only when a child has a genetic predisposition to that allergy. Genetics can be pretty much hit or miss; blonde or brown hair, right or left handed, tall or short... And if a child has a genetic predisposition who is to say whether exposure to peanuts/wheat/egg/soy... through breast milk would have been the only thing to trigger the allergy. Maybe it would just appear at a later age when they are exposed to the allergen through their own ingestion. Just my two cents.

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 5:03am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

What a great example!! You breastfed three babies at the same time (YIKES!!!!!) so obviously they were all three getting the same milk and only one of them ended up with the peanut allergy. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on: Tue, 02/13/2001 - 7:54am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

I don't feel that breastfeeding caused my daughter's allergy, but I can't shake the feeling that she was sensitized to peanuts while breastfeeding. Otherwise how could she have had a pretty severe reaction upon her first ingested exposure? There has to be sensitization before there can be an allergic reaction. I couldn't think of any othre way she could have been exposed. I don't feel guilty, and I would have chosen to breastfeed even if I had been told of the possibility. What does bother me is that more doctors are not telling parents to hold off on highly allergenic foods like peanuts until at least 3 years old. I can't tell you how many "well meaning" friends and family told me after the fact that I should NEVER have given peanut butter to her at such a young age. That did make me feel a bit guilty, that they had heard or read this fact, and I (who was reading three different baby books and just about every parenting magazine on the market) had not known.

Posted on: Fri, 02/16/2001 - 12:16am
sbd's picture
Joined: 01/05/2001 - 09:00

Well I didn't exactly nurse three at the same time (physically impossible :-)) but I did nurse two at each feeding while one got a bottle of formula so there was never just one exposed to something I had eaten. I forgot to mention that my triplets are not identical and the one with the allergy is one of my two girls. What this tells me is that a child has to have a genetic predisposition to the allergen and genetics are hard to determine (brown or blue eye, left or right handed...). Sometimes I think we expose children to new foods too late. I was eating cereal and fruit at three weeks, whole milk at 6 months and all food by 10 months. I also think that so many of the antibacterial products we use and processed food we eat aren't natural. My great-grandmother always said that we need to eat a peck of dirt in our lifetime. The increase in allergies in our children could also be due to the evolution of our immune system. They say that children whose parents had eczema or asthma are more likely to have allergies. Who knows. But based upon the experience I have had with my three babies I think we should all stop trying to make connections to something that we or our husbands did before during or after the pregnancy. Although it can be very traumatic and nerve wracking for some people to live with, it is not a birth defect and I don't believe it can be prevented.

Posted on: Sat, 02/24/2001 - 12:26pm
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I have twin sons, almost 4 years old. Both were breast fed. Only one has allergies. I do not buy the breast feeding correlation considering that peanuts are in almost everything in China, and supposedly their are very few people in China that are allergic to peanuts. I have read this in a few different sources, but it was some time ago and I do not remember the sources. Also, I suspect that the predisposition to allergies is genetically based, but onset of an allergy may be more related to development stage of immune system. My understanding is that it is actually common for one twin to have allergies and the other not. This only seems to make sense if it is a development issue, particularly for identical twins.

Posted on: Sun, 02/25/2001 - 4:37am
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Joined: 04/09/2000 - 09:00

I tend to agree with the immune sytem development issue and genetics, also. My mother is an identical twin. She and my aunt do not have severe allergies, just seasonal hay fever. My mother has a host of other auto immune disorders that my aunt does not have. Lupus, childhood arthritis, type 2 diabetes, etc.
[This message has been edited by Scooby (edited February 25, 2001).]

Posted on: Sun, 02/25/2001 - 9:20am
SLICE's picture
Joined: 07/20/2000 - 09:00

I've been hearing about vaccines causing various things - autism, allergies - anyone have any info on this?

Posted on: Sun, 02/25/2001 - 12:32pm
LisaG's picture
Joined: 07/19/2000 - 09:00

Well, I know my son wasn't sensitized thru my breastmilk, but I feel it definitely contributed. I ate LOADS of peanut butter while pregnant, and while nursing - craved it, actually. Then when he ate his first pb at 1yr (ped said it was fine and I didn't know to question this), he got hives all over. Well, after this we started grilling all restaurants, etc, that we went to, and found out that one place we had eaten at a few weeks earlier cooked their fries in peanut oil - Austin ate fries there. So that must have been when he was sensitized. But I can't help but think my pb consumption played a role......hindsight [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 12:39am
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Joined: 04/10/2000 - 09:00

I know that everyone has their own ideas on the breast feeding and pb topic.I myself feel that if I didn't eat all those beer nuts that there would have been a way less chance of my daughter developing this nasty allergy.
They do say to stay away from high allery foods while pregnant,such as seafood.Just a little disapointed that my doc never mentioned peanut.
I have been in for a visit lately and did notice in a pamflet , they mentioned high allergy foods to avoid when pregnant and peanut was in there.
Mabye it is not a sure thing but I think it contributes alot to may getting the allergy.
Not every peanut consuming mom will have a child become pa because of eating it while pregnant but it {I think}brings the odds a lot higher.
Again just my own thoughts,and hey I would never blame myself .You think that if someone would have mentioned it I wouldn't have touched the stuff ,believe me who would.
Didn't even have a clue what a peanut allergy was or what the reactions were.
Its all about educating the mother while pregnant.Being such a new and rising allergy it should be addressed while pregnant.
By the way I nursed for 8 months and ate alot of peanuts ,but hey i don't blame me. Thxs

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 3:48am
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Joined: 02/20/2001 - 09:00

I breastfed Katelyn for 7 months, and I didn't eat straight 'peanut' products, but I'm sure I consumed those with peanuts in it. I had no idea allergies were even a possibility, although I couldn't eat tomato sauce when I was preggo. She doesn't have that allergy, just severe peanuts, and the only link I can make is 2 of my cousins have severe peanut allergy, she also has severe dust mites and dog/cat dander, and minimal seasonal.


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