Nursing and Peanut Allergies

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 2:41am
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I just wanted all nursing mothers to be aware that any peanut product they eat is carried over to their baby. My 5 month old son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy after I had eatened peanut butter crackers for lunch. When I came home from work and nursed him, he broke out in severe hives and red blotches all over his face. After noticing that he would also break out after being kissed by his brother, who just ate peanut butter, we put two and two together and had him tested. I hope more doctors will stress a peanut free environment for all children up to three years of age as well as nursing mothers.

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 10:41am
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pI tried talking to a leader in LeLeche League about this last year. I nursed all 4 of mine each for a year and I am in favor of breastfeeding. However I think that at these meetings mothers should be educated with information about foods they should be avoiding. Unfortunately I was not taken too seriously. Actually she looked at me like I had 3 eyes! I explained to her that I ate PB every single day with my 4th baby since I removed meat from my diet. And I explained how it passes through the milk and I would mail her the studies from the British Medical Journal with this information. I never heard from her after that. I think that they can be so pro-breastfeeding to the point that they get defensive. But I agree that the word should get out from gyns, pediatricians and LLL. /p
pI am not feeling guilty or beating myself up. I've done that for too long already! My daughter may have gotten the PB allergy anyway but it is something that mothers should be educated on for them to decide for themselves while pregnant and breastfeeding./p

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 11:15am
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pSandra; go to Main Discussion board.LauraP started a thread called *breastfeeding and pregnant moms-beware*/p

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 11:33am
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pWhat a kick in the pants ---/p
pI was just saying to my mother the other day -- I did everything right when I was pregnant and nursing. I quit smoking, I did not drink alcohol, and I limited my caffeine intake to only one cup of coffee a day. But, I ATE A LOT OF PEANUT BUTTER (it was the only thing left). Ah, what's a day without guilt?/p

Posted on: Thu, 03/30/2000 - 5:03am
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pAshley's Mom,br /
Me too! I ate a lot of peanut butter even though I was warned by a relative who nursed and her child had PA. I didn't think it could possibly happen to me. There's nothing like hearing "I told you so." I always wonder what if I had listened and did not consume peanuts? Would my son have been PA free? Too late now! We can only hope to get the word out to other caring moms./p

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