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Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 2:19am
Sunshine5's picture
Joined: 05/22/2013 - 20:29

I was told by my doctor not to eat any peanuts when pregnant because of a possible connection to peanut allergies. So I had none. I formula fed my daughter and started her on baby food when she was about 5 months old. She had her first taste of peanuts just after her third birthday and went into immediate anaphylaxis. She is highly allergic to peanuts and many tree nuts and has a mild allergy to soy. I have always wondered if I had eaten nuts or breastfed if she would be allergic now. I know it's not my fault but I can't help but feel guilty somehow. But after reading these posts I see so many people who have breastfed and eaten peanuts while pregnant and still have allergic children. Who knows?

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 3:20am
jap's picture
Joined: 08/11/2013 - 08:33

Ok get this
In the uk food packets will actually have warnings on saying not suitable for pregnant women, contains peanuts + same for breastfeeding.
Why do i mention this ?? , you have to think outside of the box, all the comments regards the American society or Pediatric society, why don't you investigate what other world countries recommend ? I will tell you that the usa is far behind when it comes to peanut in most aspects, Canada has a much more restaurant friendly allergy program. Bottom line if you are pregnant or breastfeeding how bad do you really need that peanut.? Maybe coincident but are daughter is greater than 100 out of 100 for peanut allergy , coincidentally my wife ate a peanut butter sandwich almost daily while pregnant ??? , food for thought.So do some research on what they are recommending in the uk and other countries you might be surprised.
Okay, I just learnt that cheerios is now manufacturing peanut cheerios. They used to be a healthy snack for kids and children carried them in cartoons as travel snacks. Obviously kids will accidentally be exposed to them as toddlers will share and the color is almost the same. Sooner or later somebody will die from this accident waiting to happen. Poptarts have numerous flavors, and they are smart enough not to have a peanut flavor. The American Peds does not recommend peanut under age of 4. So much for the healthy company, not to mention the salt and fat. I urge you to call the cheerios company as I did and voice your concern, get friends and relatives all over to the usa and maybe enough complaints will change their mind, tell them you will boycott their brand.
Number is 1-800-248-7310 between (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CT, weekdays)
Say cherio to Cherios, Cherio off to eat a bowl of Corn Flakes.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 3:20am
thekilij's picture
Joined: 03/27/2011 - 09:35

My daughter has a severe peanut and tree nut allergy, and has a "mild" allergy to dairy.
I do not recall every peanut product I may have had during my pregnancy, but I do distinctly remember eating a Snickers Bar on a daily basis for a short time while pregnant due to cravings.
I breastfed my daughter exclusively until she stopped at 14 months. At about 2 months, I removed all highly allergenic foods from my diet due to her colic and a bloody stool.
I began introducing generally non-allergenic foods when she was about 6 months old. I never got a chance to purposely introduce peanuts to her. At about the stage of sitting up and crawling, she picked up and placed in her mouth a peanut she found on her father's office floor. I noticed her messing around with something in her mouth and got it out. She had no reaction to it. A long time thereafter, I introduced her to cashews in a dinner dish, and her throat started to close on her. We gave her Benadryl and at her next visit with the pediatrician, requested a panel be done to test for allergies. After the results came back showing allergies to dogs, milk, cashews and peanuts, we saw an allergist. Despite the allergist suspecting my daughter was not allergic to anything at all, her scratch test verified the blood tests, showing the worst reaction with the peanuts. Now my daughter cannot even come into physical contact with peanut products without a reaction.
Personally, I am of the opinion that dairy during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or direct feeding initiates food allergies in addition to other health issues. And I hope to see a lot more research investigating this.
People who spend their entire lives researching these things do not have an answer, so how can you be expected to know exactly what to do? Please do not feel guilty about your child's allergies. That you are taking the time engaging on a site like this is a clear indicator that you are a good, thoughtful, active parent.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 3:30am
TiffanyW's picture
Joined: 05/29/2011 - 09:25

Definitely agree with you! Especially with the GMO's!

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 6:03am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

My son was born in 2000 formula fed and I ate tons of PB while pg. Ate it every day. I introduced solid at about 4 months old? can't remember exactly. Gave him a taste of my english muffin with PB on it at about age 2.5 . Had an almost instant reaction. ;0(
He also had mild milk and egg while allergy that he outgrew fairly early.
I have read that Peanut protein can show up in breast milk. I would check with the Dr. now to see when to introduce foods... and PB. I have heard that they don't recommend restricting PB anymore... I don't think anyone knows. I felt guilty for a long time for not breast feeding and for giving him the peanut butter..... can't change the past!

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 6:00am
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Joined: 02/15/2012 - 12:44

I breastfed both girls for 12 months, exclusively until 6 months when I began solids with rice cereal. I will note that I did have to supplement with formula (milk based similar) for the first month. I don't really eat peanut butter but had been eating snack bars with peanuts while pregnant and nursing. At four months my second daughter began hiving up after feedings and waking from naps screaming, covered in hives, face and eyes red and swollen. She also had always present excema. Not once did the pediatrician ever suggest food allergies or even something I was eating and passing along. But this was obviously the case, as she was only consuming breast milk for the first two months of symptom presentation. This persisted until her diagnosis at age 1 after we nearly lost her to her first and last PB sandwhich. It was a double insult because we learned she is also allergic to wheat, although not celiac disease. Her peanut IgE value is 8.1 where it should be less than 0.03.
The ironic thing is I drank milk by the gallon, literally, while pregnant yet she has no dairy allergies. I have my personal doubts about pregnancy diet as a factor. With my first child I did eat plenty of PB and she has no food allergies. There are also no known food allergies anywhere in our families.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 9:00am
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Joined: 01/30/2013 - 14:58

I don't like peanuts or peanut butter, so I did not eat them during my pregnancy. When my son was 5 months old, I ate chicken with a little Thai peanut sauce. After I nursed him that night, he broke out in hives and his face swelled up. His allergy was diagnosed right after that. No one in my family or my husband's family has a peanut allergy. Crazy!

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 12:27pm
LMT480's picture
Joined: 07/23/2013 - 23:45

I exclusively breastfed my daughter for 1 year (no formula) and introduced solids at 5 months. Yes, I did eat peanut butter while pregnant and breast feeding. My daughter's allergy started when she was 15 months old and had a bite of my peanut butter toast. At the time I was told her allergy was probably because of what I ate while I was pregnant, just a little maternal guilt. Of course years later I read that you should eat peanuts when pregnant so the developing fetus will recognize the protein! The experts really don't know for sure. There really isn't a way to randomize pregnant women into a study, its not really ethical. The literature has changed many times in the 14 years since my daughter's diagnosis.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 2:54pm
Trish0406's picture
Joined: 09/10/2013 - 14:31

I breast fed exclusively until my son was 18 months. We introduced him to solids at 6 months and peanut butter at 1 year. He showed no interest in eating the peanut butter so I spread a small amount on a Cheerio, forced it into his mouth, he spat it out, and minutes later covered in hives and barely breathing we were on an ambulance ride to the hospital where we discovered that he is deathly allergic to peanuts and allergy tests confirm that he is also severely allergic to tree nuts as well. As we were heading out of the country, my family doctor as well as the travel clinic suggested we wait until he turned 1 to introduce peanuts prior to the trip but our allergist said to wait until 3 years at the earliest. Prior to the peanut butter incident he showed no signs of an allergy to all nut or food or from breast milk but he did have some hives when a family member thought it was funny to let him lick pistachios when he was about 2 months old. He is deathly allergic to peanuts, pistachios and cashews, has had 3 reactions of hiving from being around nuts at weddings or gathering without ingesting. I did eat peanuts and peanut butter when I was pregnant and breast feeding. It's hard not to feel guilty that I did something to cause his allergy. Taking him to football and hockey games or gatherings gets me so stressed out and worried as I fear he will die from his allergy. He doesn't seem to have any other allergies or asthma or eczema as I have been told these can go along with the PA.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 10:36pm
lyssiecat's picture
Joined: 10/28/2013 - 05:29

I am a peanut butter fan. I ate a PB&J sandwich every single day of my pregnancy. No one in my family has ever had a peanut allergy. I breastfed my son until he was 10 1/2 months old exclusively with introduction of solids at 6 months old. Around that same time, I breastfed him after having eaten a PB&J sandwich. Within minutes, his entire body broke out in hives. I contacted his pediatrician who told me that it was possible he had developed an allergy to either peanuts or strawberries (both were on my sandwich) and to avoid all products containing these ingredients until my son reached the age of 3. At 2 1/2 years old, my parents took him to a buffet while I was working. He had a quarter of an unmarked peanut butter cookie and within 20 seconds of ingesting it, he was projectile vomiting, had broken out in hives and was beginning to have difficulty breathing. Because my son's allergy had not been "officially" diagnosed, we did not have life saving interventions available such as an epi-pen. My parents rushed him to the hospital, which was thankfully only a few minutes away from where they were, and he was able to get the necessary medical attention to save him. He was later diagnosed as having a severe peanut allergy, along with all other legumes, and soy. Fortunately, my son was not lost that day. It could have been far worse. Good luck.


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