Is this a crazy idea!!!

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 8:18am
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We think our son has a peanut allergy (he sees the allergist next week). My son is 15 months old and I weaned him 3 months ago. Do you think if I relactated and started breastfeeding him, this would help him with his allergy? Do you know anyone who's done this?

Jen

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 9:49am
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No idea is crazy. I have often thought that if I started to give my 2 1/2 year old breast milk again that maybe it would boost her immune system. I am currently breastfeeding her sister. However, I know most Dr's would think I was nuts so I didnt even bring it up. I do however make sure she eats tons of berries especially blue since they are an immune booster.
Obviously you would have to be super careful of what you ingested.
I breastfeed for a year but had to supplement and often wonder if this was a factor (one of many) that could have contributed to my PA DD. I am going to breastfeed my 8 month old for longer than a year. Anything to boost that immune system.

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 11:00am
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Truthfully: I don't think it would make any difference. I breast fed my (now 8 year old) daughter for 2 years, and she is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, and has HORRIBLE environmental allergies. The crazy thing is that my two sisters did not breast feed their kids, and none of those kids have any allergies!!!!
I don't think your idea is crazy, though. I can completely understand the desire to do [b]anything[/b] to make this allergy go away.
Good luck, Miriam [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 1:42pm
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pjama0502, no it's not a crazy idea.
Do you yourself have any environmental allergies or asthma?
Here's why I'm asking. Basically, we've discovered through discussion on this board (and some people have been told by their doctors) that if we, the Moms, have environmental allergies, food allergies especially, or asthma, we should NOT breastfeed. What we're basically doing is passing on our "not fit for reproduction" (that sounds terrible [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) genes even further when we breastfeed even though we are told over and over again that breastfeeding will increase the child's immune system and lessen allergies.
Truth be told, if I had to do it over again, I would not have breastfed my PA son. I didn't breastfeed my daughter and she isn't PA. And my son didn't *get* his PA because I ate copious amounts of peanut products or pb so I'm not doing that guilt thing (but understand other Moms who do).
If your son is PA, there is no turning back the clock, even with reinstating breastfeeding. There is the 20% chance of him outgrowing the allergy if you are able to avoid an anaphylactic reaction and I guess that's what you could aim for.
But no, not a crazy idea. Never a question that is stupid to ask here and none that are crazy either IMHO.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 10:49pm
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Hi there,
what makes you think your 15mo old has a peanut allergy? i saw on the news the other day that if you think your child could have a food allergy, not to introduce peanuts until age 3, and by then... their digestive systems may have matured enough to the point they won't react to peanuts.
i wish her pediatrician had told me that at her 18mo appt, instead of suggesting i give her peanut butter!!!!!!!
as far as breastfeeding in relation to peanut allergy, i've never heard anything about that, hopefully your allergist will be well-educated and will answer all of your questions.
just the fact you're asking us here shows what a great, concerned mom you are!!!
angela

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 11:27pm
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A family member of mine breastfed until age 6. (Supplemental). This was in a country that viewed breastfeeding as natural, the norm, and in light of the extreme poverty and hardship during that particular time and in that particular country, necessary.
Incidentally, this person also had environmental allergies, rhinitis, excema, and food sensitivities through adulthood. The mother by history ate a very simple and bland diet. Nuts/Peanuts were not a common item. I'm not even sure peanuts were available.

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 11:40pm
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I really don't think it would make any difference. I exclusively breast my son for over a year and he is allergic to peanuts/nuts, kiwi, chicken, turkey and eggs. I also breastfed my daughter for over a year and she has a very tolerable allergy to pollen. Breastfeeding is great for children, I am now breastfeeding my third. However, on my children it hasn't proved successful in preventing food or environmental allergies.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/07/2003 - 2:05am
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Count me as another mom who breast fed my highly allergic (PA/TNA) and asthmic child for nearly 3 years. I continued nursing her in the hope that it would help w/ her allergies issues, but it didn't. Or perhaps it did help as I suppose her allergies could be worse than they are.
I nursed my second completely non-allergic child for exactly one year.
I was very careful to avoid nuts while I was nursing so not to pass any along.
Don't sweat it. I think you could probably find good arguments for making either choice and there's really no way of knowing which decision would be best for your little one.
I think it's absolutely great you nursed your child for his first full year. That's the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatricians, isn't it?
Gail

Posted on: Thu, 08/07/2003 - 5:29am
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
Basically, we've discovered through discussion on this board (and some people have been told by their doctors) that if we, the Moms, have environmental allergies, food allergies especially, or asthma, we should NOT breastfeed. What we're basically doing is passing on our "not fit for reproduction" (that sounds terrible [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) genes even further when we breastfeed even though we are told over and over again that breastfeeding will increase the child's immune system and lessen allergies.
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I don't think it's true that the board in general has decided this through discussion. Breastfeeding is the ideal food for babies, even babies with a predisposition to food allergies.
According to Robert S. Zeiger, M.D. (Dir. of Allergy Research, Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Univ. of California, San Diego, writing in Food Allergy News, Apr/May 2002): "Breast milk provides the most ideal nutritional, immunological, and physiological food for newborns...As such, breast-feeding should be recommended for all children, including those at risk for food allergy, even though small amounts of food allergens have been detected within human breast milk...The weight of scientific research supports the beneficial role of prolonged breast-feeding in reducing or postposing allergic disorders, including asthma and food allergy."
In response to the question: Is it better for my baby to use a non-allergenic formula like Alimentum instead of breast-feeding? He says, "No. Breast-feeding is the recommended initial feeding practice. No formula can compare with the benefits derived from breast milk."
He even goes further, saying, "I would also recommend exclusive breast-feeding by a mother even though a prior solely breast-fed sibling developed food allergy or eczema. If a specified food were implicated in the prior sibling's food allergy or eczema, I would recommend that the mother avoid that food during lactation."

Posted on: Thu, 08/07/2003 - 11:32am
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Thanks for the responses! I appreciate it. I'll let you know what the allergist says regarding lactating.
To answer the question on why I think my 15 month old is allergic: The second time he ingested PB (the first was accidental and with no reaction) he got some small bumps around his mouth (they didn't look like hives, but they probably were), his face turned a little blotchy, his eyes got itchy and when he rubbed his eyes, one of the eyes got slightly swollen.
Having said this he was laughing and playing through this entire reaction (which went away in about 30 minutes) and did not have trouble breathing.
If the allergist tells us, my DS doesn't have an allergy, I'm not sure I'll believe the allergist, but I will be incredibly relieved and grateful
Praying for a miracle,
Jen

Posted on: Thu, 08/07/2003 - 12:49pm
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I am currently nursing my twins and having reduced milk supply. I've been prescribed Domperidone and have taken it for three months. It has a much cleaner drug profile than Reglan. if you did decide to relactate, you might want to talk to your Dr. about domperidone. It has few side effects, and has been used for many years in other countries.

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