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Posted on: Thu, 11/11/2004 - 2:31pm
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

noah's mommy, please don't feel guilty over this! I probably only ate pb a couple of times when pregnant, and didn't breastfeed at all, and my son still has severe PA (no food alergies in the family either). He's also allergic to a bunch of other foods **that I never touched!** while pregnant. I personally don't believe that it's been proven that eating nuts while pregnant causes PA. I've seen a study that stated the exact opposite - avoiding nuts during pregnancy actually made kids *more* sensitive (I'll try to find the link and add it in.)
As for the fact that so many here seem to have eaten a lot of pb and have a PA child - I'll bet there are just as many, no - many many times *more*, moms of non-PA children who also lived on pb. Pb is just a common thing that pregnant women eat. The commonality here is that we are all moms of PA children, not that we ate pb during pregnancy. **JMO, of course.**
I'm not saying I wouldn't avoid nuts if I were pregnant again, and I would certainly tell anyone expecting to avoid them, because it can't hurt and might help. But women have been eating pb for *years* during pregnancy, and the big increase in PA has only been in the last several years - there's got to be something else involved than just diet.

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/2004 - 11:08pm
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Old topic, but once again, I'll chime in my .02 for htose that DON'T know situation.
DW is anaph to peanuts.
Never ate them while PG. Never ate them while BF (for 8 mths).
Caitlin RAST + (albeit, only 47.30).
Whats that mean? I dunno... But we could not have done ANYTHING for her peanut allergy. Is she actually allergic to peanuts? False positive perhaps? Aint gonna find out. She's 4 1/2, and never ingested peanuts AFAIK (maybe x-contam, but who knows..).
[I] believe it's ALL genetics.. Maybe BF caused some issues, maybe it didnt. Maybe it caused the other FA's (if you REALLY want to feel guilty think that)...
But its all genetics. Why did Meghan RAST - to it then? Who knows? When we test Sara at 7 yo (Feb) we'll see... We're all peanut free anyways...
Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts
Sara 2-13-98 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
Meghan 2-28-03 NKA (Avoiding Nuts)
[b]* ENRICHED * [/b]

Posted on: Thu, 11/11/2004 - 11:59pm
CorinneM1's picture
Joined: 06/20/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by little noah's mommy:
[b]How do you all get beyond the guilt? [/b]
Well, like you, I did (and do at times) feel guilty about the possiblity of my son having PA due to the sick amounts of peanut butter that I ate (it was one of my crave foods) during my pregnancy and bf period.
While I have gone back and forth on a personal thought issue about the cause of his PA...(1)hearing bf and pregnancy consumption have nothing to do with it, that is genetically predetermined according to one allergist and having friends that have 2 kids that are PA, and during the second pregnancy the mom stayed away from PA foods altogether and her second child is also PA vs. (2)then why are we supposed to keep our kids away from peanuts till age 3, and early introduction? Wouldn't bf be early introduction?
But here is how I deal with the "guilt". I look at what I can control now and concentrate on keeping my child safe. If I focus on the guilt, then that is taking away from the time that I can educate my family, keep up on the lastest news about manufactures, labeling, PA drugs etc.
You can't exact push the guilt aside, but you can channel it into something more positive and supportive by keeping yourself involved in support groups, manufacture/airline letters etc.

Posted on: Fri, 11/12/2004 - 5:51am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Your replies are helping me out more than you know. Nobody knows these emotions than a mom who has been through this. Seeing how doreen you and others have gotten through some of the guilt gives me hope. And you are right, corinne & I do understand that my energy is best served toward dealing with the situation here and now. And then the stories like yours mcmom--with no one having allergies and you not eating much P but still having PA kids.....that helps me feel that I didn't, perhaps, create this. I so look forward to hoping online (between doctors calls, cleaning for dust, figuring out how we are going to eat, etc etc) during those brief naps of noah's to see the stories of other mommies.....to give me some hope that this PA was in the cards genetically and not all my fault......and to see how others have gotten through this. Thank you out there

Posted on: Tue, 11/16/2004 - 6:43am
TinaM's picture
Joined: 08/25/2004 - 09:00

I ate lots of peanut butter and crackers while pregnant. I had the gestational diabetes thing and some p.b. and crackers were allowed as a snack. If I had it to do over, I would not have touched them! I believe this pre-exposed my DS to them. I hope the March of Dimes gets the message!

Posted on: Tue, 11/16/2004 - 8:12am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

I ate peanut butter while pregnant every morning on toast.
I tend to feel the same way as Jason, genetics being the main culprit. My dh has bad environmental allergies, and family doc at the time told us to hold off introducing shellfish, peanuts/tree-nuts until 3 or 4 years of age.
Nothing was said of b.feeding. Not too many people actually know their whole family tree history, they may have had relatives that were allergic to some foods and never knew.
Anyway, even if it is breastfeeding that caused pa., I don't feel quilty. I didn't know at the time about the connection.
Plus, has it been proven? Drinking and doing drugs has been proven to cause harm so that would be something to feel quilty for if you do this while pregnant.

Posted on: Tue, 11/16/2004 - 8:21am
robinlp's picture
Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

I have three children and with my middle child I ate lots of peanut butter while I was pregnant and breastfeeding with him. He is my only child with a peanut allergy. I do believe that it must be related. I was not aware of the dangers or I would have NEVER eaten as much PB as I did during those several months.

Posted on: Wed, 11/17/2004 - 12:16am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I did the same with dd #1. Craved the PB and eggs(not together) and dd is allergic to both things. I ate more than I ever normally would. Turns out they are both relatively high in iron and I was anemic. I don't feel guilty, but I regret that I was unaware of this potential risk.
However, maybe you can consider these thoughts to help you feel better:
You say you do not eat meat, were proud to bf and sound generally informed about health and healthy eating for mothers and babies, etc... So, I imagine you did all you could reasonably do to find out how to eat healthily while pg and bfing. AND.....you found nothing to tell you that you should avoid these foods. So, you did the best you could and have done a wonderful thing bfing your child. I have also had discussions with folks who say that bm is so complicated that it may actually help babies learn to handle foods, even if they are allergic. Maybe it does not cause the allergy at all, but the allergy is there despite bfing or not. Maybe the allergies would be worse if you did not bf. We just do not know. There are few, if any, controlled studies on this. It is too impossible to control all the varialbes of what mothers eat during pg and bfing to really say.
Just some thoughts I have. Please do not be so hard on yourself. Just do what you can now and things will get better once you get a handle on a good list of foods to have around all the time. Take care, becca

Posted on: Wed, 11/17/2004 - 12:33am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Little Noah's Mommy-
My son was nine months old when he had his first reaction. I too remember checking to see if he was still breathing as a baby. Now that he is 4 1/2 and snores like a freight train that is not so much of a concern anymore! I know it feels overwhelming and like it will never get better, but it really does get easier as time goes on. You will find brands and restaurants that you are comfortable with.
I too craved pb during my pregnancy. I also BF for two years (nine months of which I was eating pb). What's done is done. We can't spend our lives wondering "what if."
My son is happy. I find alternatives to almost every food that has peanuts in it. I have become quite the baker because of all of this.
I know this allergy is hard, but just try to enjoy your child. I am thankful everyday that my son doesn't have something worse.



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