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Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 7:03am
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Joined: 07/28/2000 - 09:00

WOW! I hate believing that I had anything to do with the allergy - so I don't. I have two children and I have an identical twin sister who have two children. Both of mine have allergies, neither of hers do - we both breast feed. My sister hates walnuts and refuses to eat them. I love walnuts and almonds. My sister loves PB and Marshmallow Fluff sandwiches - I don't really like peanuts butter. We both had similar pregnancies - lots of morning sickness, low iron and kidney stones.
Overall, my sister would be much more likely to consume a lot of peanuts than would I. And again neither of her kids have allergies. It is hard to know what to believe - I have been to different allergist and recieved different information. Bottom line I don't think anyone really know. But, I don't believe that your nutrition would cause an allergy. I believe that via breast milk a child can become exposed. But the tendancy toward the allergy already has to be there.
Anyway, that is my two-cents.
Melinda

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 11:34am
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Joined: 06/05/2001 - 09:00

I am a new member and happened to stumble upon this site. I think it is great!
Regarding breastfeeding and peanut allergy, I have long suspected that there is a link between peanut ingestion in a breastfeeding mom and the ultimate development of pa in the child. I also think there is a link between peanut ingestion during pregnancy and pa. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and was on the state diet program for this called sweet success. They really push peanut butter as a source of protein and during my first pregnancy was told to eat peanut butter on toast every morning. There was no history of pa in my family, yet my son developed it. I really felt terrible and responsible for this. I just gave birth to my second child in Dec. but made sure this time that I had no peanuts in my diet. I am breastfeeding and when it comes time to introduce foods to her I plan on waiting on peanuts until she enters kindergarten and then only under close supervision. If she shows other signs of allergies/sensitivies before that then I will probably request a test instead.
My doctors all think I am paranoid when I suggest that there is this link since the "studies" don't prove anything. My advice to pregnant women is not to eat peanuts! It is a minor sacrifice and could make all the difference in the world.

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