breastfeeding and peanut allergy. is there a link?

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2013 - 9:06am
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For those with a PA child , did you breastfeed or formula feed or combination? For all, when did you first introduce solids? When did you introduce peanuts? Im so curious! Some sites are saying theres a link between breastfeeding and development of pa in kids :(. Ive even read that the protein can show up in breast milk?

Posted on: Tue, 10/22/2013 - 3:00am
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There is a stronger link between eating PB and being pregnant. All the children that I know with PA had their moms eat PB while pregnant. The correlation has many variables though and is not an exact science.

Posted on: Wed, 10/23/2013 - 11:40am
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My first child had a dairy allergy until 3 yrs. I was told not by my pediatrician to stop consuming dairy while breast feeding, but an allergist. My son was 10 months old at the time so I stopped breast feeding because I could not not eat dairy. When I was pregnant with my second child I did not eat any nuts or shellfish even while breast feeding for one year. I did not introduce solids until 6 months I think. I did not introduce peanuts until 3.5. She had a total aversion to nuts smell and all. eventually telling me it makes her throat feel weird. We had her blood tested and she was in the middle of the scale. We repeated twice in the last 3.5 yrs and it has gradually gotten worse. I have read that vaccines can contain peanut oil???? We have been very diligent keeping her away from nuts.

Posted on: Thu, 10/24/2013 - 1:00am
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- My PA child and my non PA child were both formula fed.
- I ate peanut butter during both pregnancies, but I definitely had more during my PA child pregnancy because I was craving it.
- Introduced solids around 6 months and peanut butter after a year for both children.
(My PA child is my youngest)

Posted on: Thu, 10/24/2013 - 6:00am
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I ate so much PB with my peanut daughter because I craved it so much when I was pregnant with her! I have always wondered if there was a correlation? She was breastfed for about 6 mths. We tried a peanut at about 2 and she a projectile vomiting! Then at about 3 1/2 she was at day care and had a chocolate chip granola bar and we had to give the epi-pen.

Posted on: Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:23am
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Question of the Week: Answered!
Every week, PeanutAllergy.com is answering one of the questions posted in our community.
Our Answer:
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends exclusively breastfeeding your child for at least four to six months and then introduce solid foods, including allergenic ones. Introduce one new food every three to five days.
In the past, allergists have advised not introducing peanuts to children until they are 3 years old. Now research suggests that introducing allergens to children between the ages of 5 and 12 months may actually prevent food allergies.
If you eat peanuts while breastfeeding, your breast milk will contain small amounts of the peanut protein. However, there is no evidence to suggest that these small traces of protein will increase your baby’s risk of developing a peanut allergy.
Ultimately, you should consult your pediatrician or pediatric allergist for testing and guidance.
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Posted on: Thu, 10/24/2013 - 12:19pm
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I adore PB. When I was pregnant if I ate it I got deathly ill. Once I delivered my PA son I could eat it again. Now he is allergic. I did breastfeed and did eat PB after he was born. I have always wondered connections?

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 1:08am
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I breastfed my DD until she was 2. She showed signs of food allergy at an early age. I would eat peanuts when I was breastfeeding and it passed through my breastmilk causing her to break out in hives and have black and blood tinged stools. It wasn't until she was 8 months old and got a hold of my son's PB sandwich that I actually found out she was allergic. She also was allergic to dairy but out grew that. She is severely allergic to peanuts though.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 1:08am
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I breastfeed my PA son til he was 19m. He really did not eat solids until he was 1. He got ahold of something with peanut butter by accident around 13m and had swelling of the eyes and hives around his mouth.
On the other hand I am still bf my 2yr old son and he is not allergic to anything at all. He has been tested.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 1:26am
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I ate peanuts during both of my pregnancies and while breast-feeding with my two children, (I breastfed almost exclusively until they were one on the advise of my sister who is a NICU nurse and a LACHE instructor). I did not introduce peanuts to them until they were 3 years old on the advice of an allergist. My daughter (first-born) is highly allergic to peanuts, several tree nuts and shellfish. My son has no allergies. Go figure. I have done so much research but there seems to be no pattern. I truly believe a lot of it has to do with your DNA, (my daughter is so much like my husband and he has severe seasonal allergies) and my son is so much like me and I have no allergies. Also, I believe that GMO's (genetically modified foods) has messed us up. Our bodies no longer recognize food the way God made it to be.

Posted on: Sun, 10/27/2013 - 2:03am
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I ate tons of peanut butter when I was pregnant....I couldn't get enough of the gooey stuff!! My mother warned me not to eat so much, but I told her she was overreacting and I didn't know anyone with a kid who had a peanut allergy. Fast forward to Sam at 8 months old.....he had always had eczema and digestion issues that we chalked up to dairy, little did I know this was a sign of things were becoming a problem. I was feeding him at his high hair while eating peanut butter and apples and thought I would be interesting to see what he thought of the texture, so I gave him a pencil eraser size taste of peanut butter...nothing happened....so I thought......I had put him down for a nap and he had started getting fussy and crying so I went up to get him and he was covered in huge hives! I called the dr right away and they said to give Benadryl...I did, and he vomited projectile vomit within 5 minutes, I called 911 and watched as my baby started to go limp in my arms and his lips started turning blue....the ambulance arrived and they gave him epinephrine and took us to the hospital....we have avoided peanuts ever since, and he is now 14 and we have never had a second incident due to being vigilant.
Peanuts suck, and as soon as the desensitizing is available I am doing it....Sam is also non verbal and autistic and won't always have me to protect him, so for me, it's a no brainer to do it.

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