Extended breastfeeding a PA child

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Hi all, I'm 3 weeks into this PA thing and just had our confirmation scratch test today that yes indeedy, my 15mo DD is quite allergic to peanuts. We're still breastfeeding several times a day (and night, lol) and I'm wondering if anyone here can tell me their story about their own nut consumption while bfing.

It's funny, I've been eating tree nuts just fine and DD seems to be having no reaction. Same goes for seafood. Doc told us not to give these things to DD b/c of possibility of crossover reaction. Do you think it's ok for me to keep eating tree nuts and seafood, or should I cut those from my diet as well? Never did eat a lot of peanut butter though have given up favorite granola bars to avoid nuts. How far do I as the nursing mom have to go on this? Am bummed about the tree nut and seafood ban for me and for DD. Another level of denial being stripped away as I get used to this idea.

Joined FAAN that first week, ordering another book and some of the booklets next. Borrowed "One Bite" video from doc. Trying to dig into the PA culture.

Otherwise we're doing well at adapting habits. I bake all our bread in the bread machine anyway, and like to bake other things and make candy so I have the tools to handle this for my DD. I'm always amazed at the dedication I see from other moms on this board, ready to go to bat for their kids in so many ways. You give me a lot of courage to do what my DD needs to stay healthy.

Thanks for all the encouragement so far, I'll be here for the duration!

Susan

On Jul 16, 2003

I have a 7 month old and plan to breastfeed her until they gave it - tee hee. I gave up shellfish, tree nuts andnuts as soon as I found out that my 2 1/2 year old had PA. My Doc agreed with my decision.

On Jul 16, 2003

I breastfed my PA dd for 21 months, found out about PA around 18 months when she ate it. She actually ate it for a month or two before reacting noticably. I ate lots of peanut butter(smaller amounts of other nuts) while pg and probably nursing. I definately stopped after finding out about her allergy. I never noticed her to have reactions to my milk, thinking back. However, she did have some early eczema. I do think, in hindsight, that was actually cow milk sensetivity that has been outgrown. But, I suppose it could have been the peanut products as well.

I am now pregnant and the allergist said to avoid all peanuts, tree nut and shellfish for the last trimester, duration of breastfeeding and then none for the child until age 5. becca

On Jul 16, 2003

becca- Why avoid shellfish? I'm avoiding all tn and pn, but had never heard of the shellfish connection. thanks! paula

On Jul 17, 2003

I am currently breastfeeding and avoiding all nuts and nut products. I am also taking my Allergists advice and not over consuming and proteins...eggs, milk...etc.

On Jul 17, 2003

Paula, I do not know exactly why he said shellfish. I did not ask. He also did not say to avoid eggs, which my dd is allergic to. My understanding is food allergies are inherited, not to specific foods, though. My dd has never had any shellfish and any allergy to it is currently unknown. It is, however, a very commonly anaphylactic allergy, like peanuts. I was guessing that was why. It is also generally recommended to steer clear of shellfish until age 5 with food allergic history.

I have avoided all but shrimp and I guess I will avoid those the last trimester. Just gets tough to eat a healthy, low fat diet with avoiding so many things between the allergies, mercury and listeriosis!! becca

On Jul 17, 2003

Thanks for sharing these experiences, it makes me feel a lot less alone. Especially on the extended bfing, when a lot of people might wean just to avoid the inconvenience. I don't have another frame of reference for "giving up" so many common foods.

How long does it take before avoiding nuts feels like a healthy habit and not a paranoid annoyance?

Onward,

Susan

On Jul 17, 2003

I bf my pa and tna dd for 2 years. I ate a ton of peanuts and walnuts during that time,largely because I was avoiding dairy and soy due to her [i]known[/i] allergies and I felt that nuts were a healthy addition to my diet. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] She did not noticeably react to my consumption of nuts and peanuts but reacted violently when we introduced them to her, directly, after age 3 years. I am convinced that my consumption of nuts contributed to her allergies.

My feeling is that it is so much easier to avoid these things in a nursing mom's diet rather than to later have to possibly deal with these serious allergies for a child. With my second child I avoided all peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish (while bf'ing), and limited dairy. This never felt "paranoid" to me, but it was somewhat of a pain. Ironically, he quite insistently weaned himself at 10 months, much to my dismay. I had to put him on formula - alimentum, in the hopes of avoiding allergies.

Good luck with all this. It's great that you enjoy preparing foods at home. That will help you and your dd out a lot in the years to come.

Welcome aboard!

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Miriam

[This message has been edited by California Mom (edited July 17, 2003).]

On Jul 17, 2003

This is somewhat an echo of California Mom's experience (hi Miriam, how was the rest of vacation?).

I b'fed PA son for 2 1/2 years due to severe allergies. I had already eliminated dairy and a whole bunch of other stuff we knew he was allergic to; nobody ever suggested I stop eating peanuts or nuts. I kept eating them; he was constantly covered in horrible eczema and had all sorts of respiratory miseries as well as mysterious episodes of hives. Found out he was PA (suspected) at about 15-16 months. It was confirmed by testing when he was 2. I'm sure my constant peanut and cashew habit made things worse.

He's now 9 and quite responsible about his allergy. Thankfully, he's outgrown all allergies but PN, TN, Sesame and Chick Peas.

Amy

On Jul 17, 2003

I breastfed Ryan for 2 years, with no eating restrictions. We did not find out he was PA until his was 3. His exzema did improve, but it was much better after he was about 18 mos. old anyway.

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