Breastfeeding and Food Allergies FAQs
How breastfeeding may affect food allergies?
Exclusively breastfed babies are less likely to have food allergies and related problems. They are only exposed to the foods his mother eats and secrets in her milk, so his exposure to potential allergens is minimized. More researchers have discovered that breastfeeding cuts food allergy risk. Also, breastfeeding strengths a baby's immune system and digestive system giving them more immunity against food sensitiveness or food tolerance.
How closely do I (or a nursing mother) need to watch if I am breastfeeding a newborn baby?
Most babies have no problems with anything that mom eats. Avoid any food if you are allergic to or if your baby is sensitive to something you are eating. Babies are never allergic to breast milk, but they do react to food what the mothers eat, as they pass through the breast into the baby's digestive system.
What are the most common food allergens in infants?
A nursing mother should avoid certain foods while breastfeeding in order to prevent the development of food allergies. The most common allergens include as citrus, corn, diary, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.
Do food allergens pass to baby through breastmilk?
Yes, food allergens will pass through the baby's intestinal wall into the bloodstream and causing allergic reactions. Reactions can be minimal or severe.
What are symptoms (or signs) of food allergy for a breastfed baby?
If a breastfed baby is sensitive to a particular food, he may be fussy, cry, poor sleeping or obvious discomfort. Other signs of food allergy may include: asthma and trouble breathing, chest wheezing, constipation, diarrhea, eczema, ear infections, hives, running nose and red itchy eyes (hay fever), vomiting, or weight loss.
Should I continue to breastfeed if baby is allergic to some foods?
Yes. But you need to figure out what foods are causing the allergic reaction and eliminate the specific foods in order to prevent the development of food allergies.
How long should I breastfeed to prevent food allergies??
The AAP recommends breastfeeding for at least one year; and beyond that as long as mutually desired by mother and baby. Many studies have shown that breastfeeding is one of the best ways to prevent or decrease the risk of allergies.
Can I use an allergy medication while I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
Consult with your doctor before using any allergy medications if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You doctor may prescribe Allegra 180mg tablets to help relieve seasonal allergies (hay fever) for nursing mothers and babies.
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