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Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 11:23pm
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Born in 75--BF for 12 mos. My mom also started me on cereal at 6weeks!! (She says that is what the doctors said to do to keep babies full and help them sleep at night)
Apparantly I was a very unhappy baby and cried constantly. I myself don't have any food allergies, only seasonal and cats.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 11:29pm
williamsmummy's picture
Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

I was bottlefed after one day of my mother trying to breastfeed. Something she says was painful , and horrible, due to her inverted nipples. My mum said that the midwives more or less forced her to try, and she really didnt want to.
Anyway I had ezcema more or less straight away. I was born 1966, and I think salt was still added to formula at this time.
My mother was breast fed for three months, then fed evaporated milk with a a grain boiled in the milk ( millet I think)
this mixture would continue until a year, along with introduction of soilds.
This was all homecooked food mashed with a fork. Salt and sugar added. Bottles of warm milky tea were given as well.Meat was given early, shreds of roast beef etc.
Brandy and brown sugar were given as a cure for constipation. ( something that my mother tried for me as well!!)
Also my mother grew up drinking the water that vegetables were boiled in. She has memories of drinking the water from cooking spring greens. Something she also finds disgusting!! ( i dont blame her either, yuk!)
My grandfather had a wet nurse for some months after birth, and then fed bottles of evaporated milk. He had ezcema as well. He was thought to have been lucky to have survived being fed by 'hand', esp as he was a sickly infant. ( i have found out plenty of family secrets while researching family history!)
On my fathers side, they were all breastfed for 6 months then fed ordinary cows milk, boiled first before pouring in to bottles when cooled.
My grandmother was very proud of her breasts, and said that even though she fed all her children, her breasts were plump and juicy like a 20 yr old ( she was 90 at the time) she would often ask be to squeeze them as proof. I plan to be as nutty as her when i reach her age. Self delusion can have its benifits!!
On my mothers side is a lot of atopic diseases.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 11:38pm
Sarahfran's picture
Joined: 06/08/2000 - 09:00

Born in 1969. My siblings and I (except the two adopted ones) were all breastfed exclusively. I'm the only one whose child has allergies. DH (born in 1958) was also breastfed as an infant, but he's rife with environmental allergies and all of the cousins on that side of the family have asthma and allergies. I think this one is clearly coming from DH's genetics!

Posted on: Wed, 10/25/2006 - 5:53am
April in KC's picture
Joined: 08/28/2006 - 09:00

Myself: Born in 1972. Similac (formula). My oldest DS is peanut allergic. I'm avoiding peanut with the younger two, so I don't know about them yet. I had no food allergies, but I had a penicillin reaction (hives) as an infant, and a high fever and spotty rash (not the IGE type) for several weeks after my MMR vaccine...so did my oldest son, the one who is peanut allergic. He is also allergic to penicillin/amoxicillin, same as me.
DH was born in 1970. His mom tried BF but found it difficult, had no support and gave up. So he was formula fed, too. He got allergy shots as a kid.
All three of my kids were breastfed...first two for 12-13 months (6 months exclusively so), third is still nursing at 4 months.
How many of us can find out what the grandparents of peanut-alleric kids ate as infants? I don't know, but will try to find out...


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