If one of the reasons that you don't vax

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If one of the reasons that you don't vax
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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 12:56pm
is because no one can predict how a child will react to certain vaxs, do you also have your children avoid peanuts and shellfish due to the high rate of allergies to these foods? Or, do you have them tested first before eating these foods?

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 4:23pm
I wasn't able to receive vaxes because of severe allergies (and subsequently life-threatening reactions) to them. We've chosen not to vaccinate, but only in part for that reason.

I was allergic to literally everything when I was born, and still no one knows why. My children are obviously at high risk for developing at least some of these life-threatening allergies, so in the last trimester of pregnancy I'm cutting down on all diary, egg, peanut and fish drastically, and bulking up my vitamin intake to reduce chances of allergies. We're extended and exclusive nursing so we needn't worry about food introduction at an age when baby is obviously not ready - but when our children are, we're doing so very, very carefully and closely monitoring behavioral changes. In a day and age where we know that introduction of things like cows milk or fish before a year of age can /cause/ allergies, I don't understand why people still insist on doing it simply because "baby likes the taste". One would think your baby's health would come first.

I also won't take my children in for allergy testing unless they have severe allergies similar to my own as a child, and then only once they're older. I'm not sure how it's done now, but when I was kid it was done by way of something called a "Scratch Test", which is pure torture. I can't subject my children to that at such a young age - I remember being so terrified to have mine done every year that I'd faint, and I was MUCH older (8, 9, 10).

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 6:53pm
LOL! You are really reaching here, imo, in an attempt to prove some point (to yourself?)

I will answer anyway.

If there is a family history of such allergies, absolutely, I would avoid the offending substances. (as is the case with a family history of vaccine reactions or conditions placing one at increased risk of one)

Even if there is not, it has always been my practice to delay the introduction of such common allergins as shellfish, eggs, nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, etc. as long as possible, to give the child's system time to develop (another argument often made againt infant vaccination, btw) Early introduction of ANY food is said to sentitize a child to it, and the "experts" agree that 6 mths on breastmilk or form. alone is good policy for all children.

I'm sorry (not really, just a figure of speech, lol!) but this is a bit silly, imo. "Gee, if you don't inject your child with foreign substances from birth and periodically until age 13 or so, how in the world can you justify allowing them to EAT anything for the first time?" Guess we'd all just better vaccinate them or let them starve! It's only logical, lol! Sort of like "if your child is exposed to any toxins at all, how can you justify not exposing them to the toxins in vaccines? Hmmm?" Geez;)

Kimberly

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 7:57pm
Nope, not trying to prove anything to myself. I was scared to death to let my son try peanuts but had absolutely no fear of vaccines. I just heard the argument about not vaxing because of the unpredictablity of reactions and thought that those same people must be terrified to try ANYTHING that could be dangerous. Driving, eating sushi, flying, taking aspirin. All of these things kill people and you never know who will be next.

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 8:21pm
Babs- did you know that a gestating woman's consumption of peanut & peanut byproducts are thought to directly contribute to peanut allergy in her offspring? Breastfeeding while consuming these peanut products is also believed to directly influence the development of peanut allergies in the newborn.

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v285n13/abs/jbr10043.html

Detection of Peanut Allergens in Breast Milk of Lactating Women

Peter Vadas, MD, PhD; Yvonne Wai, MD; Wesley Burks, MD; Boris Perelman, PhD

Context Most individuals who react to peanuts do so on their first known exposure. A potential but unproven route of occult exposure resulting in sensitization to peanut is via breast milk during lactation.

Objective To investigate the ability of maternal dietary peanut protein to pass into breast milk during lactation.

Design and Setting Clinical investigation conducted at 2 North American hospitals from March 1999 to October 2000.

Patients Twenty-three healthy, lactating women aged 21 to 35 years.

Intervention Each woman consumed 50 g of dry roasted peanuts, after which breast milk samples were collected at hourly intervals.

Main Outcome Measures Presence in breast milk of total peanut protein, analyzed by a sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and 2 major peanut allergens, Ara h 1 and Ara h 2, detected by immunoblot analysis.

Results Peanut protein was detected in 11 of 23 subjects. It was detected in 10 subjects within 2 hours of ingestion and in 1 subject within 6 hours. The median peak peanut protein concentration in breast milk was 200 ng/mL (mean, 222 ng/mL; range, 120-430 ng/mL). Both major peanut allergens Ara h 1 and Ara h 2 were detected.

Conclusions Peanut protein is secreted into breast milk of lactating women following maternal dietary ingestion. Exposure to peanut protein during breastfeeding is a route of occult exposure that may result in sensitization of at-risk infants.

JAMA. 2001;285:1746-1748

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Author/Article Information

Author Affiliations: Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Drs Vadas, Wai, and Perelman); and Arkansas Children's Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock (Dr Burks).



Corresponding Author and Reprints: Peter Vadas, MD, PhD, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, St Michael's Hospital, Room 8-161, Victoria Wing, 30 Bond St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 1W8 (e-mail: pv4588@home.com).

Author Contributions: Study concept and design: Vadas.

Acquisition of data: Vadas, Wai, Burks.

Analysis and interpretation of data: Vadas, Burks, Perelman.

Drafting of manuscript: Vadas, Wai, Burks.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Vadas, Burks, Perelman.

Statistical expertise: Vadas, Perelman.

Obtained funding: Vadas, Wai.

Administrative, technical, or material support: Vadas, Burks.

Study supervision: Vadas.

Funding/Support: This work was supported by grants from Health Canada, the Peanut Foundation (nonprofit organization of peanut producers, growers, and sellers), the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society of Ontario, and Nestle Canada.

Acknowledgment: We acknowledge the valuable assistance of Maureen Hizaka and William Davidson, MD, in recruitment of volunteers for this study.




http://www.saferchild.com/fdallergy.htm

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Peanut Allergy May Be Triggered by Breastfeeding

Some Moms Should Avoid Peanut Products While Nursing

By L.A. McKeown

WebMD Medical News

Reviewed by Dr. Pamela R. Yoder

April 3, 2001 -- Babies susceptible to severe peanut allergy may be at risk from the potentially dangerous allergen even before they're old enough to eat. That's because new research shows that enough protein from a small serving of peanuts can be transmitted through a mother's breast milk, and this exposure may possibly predispose or set up some nursing babies to later experience allergic reactions.

Just a tiny amount of peanuts in food or even handling peanuts can be potentially deadly to children and adults with severe peanut allergy. The number of people affected by peanut allergy has increased dramatically in recent years, and research suggests that children at risk for allergies who are exposed to peanuts at an early age have an increased chance of developing lifelong peanut allergy.

The lead author of the new study says that until now, breast milk was not considered a potential source of the type of early exposure that can lead to development of a peanut allergy.

According to Peter Vadas, MD, the conventional advice has been to avoid giving kids foods containing peanuts until after age 3 if parents or other family members have a history of asthma, allergies, or eczema.

"Now we have to modify that a little bit," says Vadas, of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Now we also must warn these mothers to do their best to try not to eat peanut products while nursing so as to avoid indirectly exposing their children." His study appears in the April 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In Vadas' study, 23 healthy lactating women expressed breast milk immediately before and at timed intervals after consuming about half a cup of dry roasted peanuts. The researchers examined the samples to determine how much protein from the peanuts and whether two peanut allergens were detectable in breast milk.

Nearly 50% of the women had peanut protein in their breast milk. The protein appeared within one to six hours of eating the nuts and disappeared quickly from the milk of most women. Both of the peanut allergens appeared in the milk.

"It's been known for some time that at least some of the foods that mothers eat are passed in the breast milk," says Scott H. Sicherer, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of allergy and immunology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

He says the study adds another piece to the puzzle by showing that peanuts eaten by the mother can get into breast milk "in a form and a quantity that could potentially sensitize or cause reactions in nursing babies."

The new study is in agreement with the nutrition committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently began recommending that mothers whose babies are at high risk for food allergies or other types of allergies consider not eating foods containing peanuts while breastfeeding, according to Sicherer, who provided WebMD with an objective analysis of the study.

Another expert, Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, says it still remains to be proven if the amount of peanut protein found in breast milk is sufficient to sensitize infants to developing a peanut allergy.

"The levels, in an of themselves, are pretty high, and this could explain why people have peanut allergy. ... Peanut allergy often presents in the first year of life, and we often wonder why that is if they haven't had any exposure and have only been consuming breast milk or formula," says Rothenberg, who is section chief of allergy and immunology and an associate professor at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. "This shows that exposure could have been through the breast milk, and that is significant. It means mothers who are breastfeeding and who are concerned about allergies should watch their diet."

Rothenberg says one interpretation of the study is that it may be possible -- by completely avoiding peanuts in infancy and early childhood -- to avoid ever developing a peanut allergy, since it usually develops early, if at all. On the other hand, he says it's also possible that some slight exposure may be necessary to strengthen the immune system to fight off or lessen the effects of a peanut allergy attack.

If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding or already are breastfeeding, ask your doctor if you should avoid peanuts.

http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_about_peanut.html

Peanut Allergy May be Passed

Through Breastmilk



Nursing mothers who have a family history of peanut allergies may want to consider avoiding peanuts and foods that contain them while they are breastfeeding.

New research has shown that peanut allergens, which can cause severe and life threatening allergic reactions in some people, can be passed through a mother's milk to her baby. It is believed that many children who develop peanut allergies had prior exposure to peanuts earlier in life that went unrecognized. That initial exposure, which some researchers now say could have been through their mother's breastmilk, may have led them to be sensitized, leading to an allergic reaction later in childhood.

Dr. Peter Vadas of St. Michael's Hospital at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada and his colleagues wanted to determine if peanut allergens could pass from a mother's diet to her breastmilk and ultimately to her baby. The researchers studied 23 healthy, lactating women aged 21 to 35. The women each ate 50 grams of dry roasted peanuts, then researchers tested their breastmilk at hourly intervals for peanut protein and the two major peanut allergens. Peanut protein and the allergens were detected in 11 of the 23 women.

The researchers published their findings in the April 4, 2001 edition of "The Journal of the American Medical Association." It is important to note that the study was funded in part by the Peanut Foundation, a nonprofit industry group, and Nestle Canada, a maker of infant formula.

"We found that peanut protein is capable of passing intact from a nursing mother's diet into her breastmilk," Dr. Vadas told CBS HealthWatch. "That constitutes a potential route of unrecognized exposure of the breastfeeding infants to peanut protein and allergic sensitization to peanuts in the infants."

While not all children exposed to peanuts will develop an allergy, the researchers recommend that nursing mothers who have a family history of peanut allergies avoid peanuts while they are breastfeeding.

Meanwhile, other research has indicated that several different immunoglobulins found in breastmilk helps protect babies from various allergies.

http://www.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/diet.fitness/04/04/food.allergies/

Breastfeeding mothers warned about food allergies

April 4, 2001

Web posted at: 2:11 PM EDT (1811 GMT)


From staff and wire reports

ATLANTA, Georgia -- People with food allergies and nursing mothers with a history of asthma or eczema may need to be more cautious about the foods they consume.

A Canadian study of 23 healthy women found that nursing mothers may pass peanut proteins in breast milk to their infants. Such early exposure to the allergen could put babies at risk for developing a potentially fatal peanut allergy.

Eight foods are known to cause 90 percent of severe food allergies:

Peanuts

Eggs

Milk and milk by products

Wheat

Tree nuts

Soy

Fish

Shellfish

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration



A recent Food and Drug Administration study also found that many food manufacturers fail to list highly allergenic ingredients such as peanuts, eggs and milk that are in their products. The study involved 85 manufacturers of baked goods, candy and ice cream, in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The FDA asked state inspectors to sample egg and peanut ingredients nationwide, following an increase in food recalls for failure to list food allergens.

About 7 million Americans who suffer from food allergies rely on ingredient labels to tell them which processed foods are safe. Some food allergies, particularly peanut allergies, can be fatal -- they cause about 150 deaths each year.

The FDA report found that some products contained undeclared ingredients because of cross-contamination. Bakers sometimes used the same utensils to stir separate mixes -- one with eggs or peanuts and one without -- or they reused baking sheets. One candy company washed certain machinery only once a year, even though it processed both peanut-containing and peanut-free chocolates. Half of the companies did not check their products to make sure all ingredients were listed, the report found.

Mothers who breast-feed their children may be able to prevent them from developing such allergies by monitoring their diets, according to a Canadian study. Researchers said babies with one or both parents with a history of asthma, eczema or other allergy-based diseases are at risk of peanut allergy.

Because those children can be identified at birth, nursing mothers could avoiding exposing them to the allergen by not consuming peanut products while nursing, said David Patterson, an Indiana physician who is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Ontario, said breast milk had been suspected as a hidden route by which children became sensitized to peanuts. Their tests on 23 lactating women between the ages of 21 and 35 support that theory.

They fed the women peanut products and detected peanut protein in the milk of 11 of the 23 participants. "It was detected in 10 subjects within two hours of ingestion and in one subject within six hours," said the study, published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

Avoiding exposure through breast milk does not guarantee that children can avoid peanut allergy when they are exposed to the food at a later age. But Peter Vadas, lead author of the Canadian study, said the allergy is often triggered by exposure early in a child's development. Doctors generally recommend that parents not feed children peanut products until age 3.

The report said peanut allergy affects about 1 percent of British and U.S. preschool children. It starts early in life, seldom goes away and is associated with severe or life-threatening reactions. Peanut allergy accounts for the majority of food-induced anaphylactic fatalities, the study said.

http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/PUarticles/peanut.htm

Prescriber Update Articles

Peanut Allergy

Web site: November 2000

Prescriber Update No.20:22-26

Mary Louise Hannah, Advisor (Nutrition), Ministry of Health

Key messages:

Pregnant women in families with atopic disease (having conditions such as hay fever, asthma or eczema), are advised to avoid peanuts and peanut products during pregnancy and breastfeeding to assist in prevention of the development of peanut allergy.

For infants with a family history of atopic disease, it is advisable to solely breastfeed for at least six months and to delay the introduction of peanuts and peanut products until three years of age.

The ingredient lists on food labels are one source of information about the peanut content of foods.

The New Zealand Therapeutic Database provides lists of commercial foods, available in New Zealand, that do not include peanuts and information is available on the website: www.nztd.co.nz

New Zealand situation

New Zealand has no prevalence data for peanut allergy but nut allergy is probably in the order of 1-2%.1 The general belief amongst immunologists is that peanut allergy is increasing.1,2,3 Peanut allergy is the most common cause of food-related anaphylaxis. In New Zealand between 1995 and 1997 out of a total 221 cases of reported food-related anaphylaxis, there were 32 hospital admissions reported as being due to peanut/nut allergy.4

Information for New Zealand health professionals

The Ministry of Health’s Food and Nutrition Advisory Committee recently agreed that it would be useful for medical practitioners in New Zealand to receive information on peanut allergy, including the implications of a recent UK report. This circular letter is to provide practitioners with the most recent developments in the field. Previous information in Prescriber Update1 by Dr Penny Fitzharris, a Wellington based immunologist, discussed the possibility of prevention of peanut allergy by the avoidance of peanut products in pregnancy, during breastfeeding and in early life.1 This advice has been confirmed in the UK report.

UK report

During 1998 in the United Kingdom, the Department of Health’s Committee on the Toxicology of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment, produced a report to:

review the available scientific literature about the association between early exposure to peanuts and peanut products and the incidence of peanut allergy in later life, and;

advise on the consumption of peanuts and peanut products by pregnant and breast-feeding women, infants and young children.5

The Committee’s work was prompted by recent publications in scientific literature suggesting that the incidence of peanut allergy was increasing. Peanut allergy can be very severe, with fatal anaphylaxis, and is a potentially serious health hazard. Due to this severity, peanut allergy prevention is an important measure. Peanut allergy is normally a life-long allergy.

Recommendations from UK report

T

o attempt prevention of peanut allergy, the UK report recommends the avoidance of peanuts and peanut products for the following people:

Pregnant women who are themselves atopic (having conditions such as hay fever, asthma or eczema), or where the biological father or sibling of the unborn child is atopic;

Breastfeeding women who are themselves atopic, or where the biological father or sibling of the breastfeeding child is atopic; and

Children with a parent or sibling who is atopic up until until three years. It is also recommended that these children are breastfed exclusively for four to six months.

Recommendations from the New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines6

The UK Report’s recommendation about breastfeeding is in accord with the New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers, which recommends solely breastfeeding children with a family history of allergy to at least six months of age. For infants, with a family history of food allergy, the introduction of solid foods should not include whole cows’ milk, soy and eggs until the infant is at least one year old and peanut products until three years old (with whole peanut products being avoided until five years old).6 For mothers who are unable to breastfeed a dairy-based formula is the best choice.

However, under the advice of a health professional, a soy-based or other infant formula may be used.7

Advice to the general public

For the non-atopic families, avoidance of peanuts or peanut products is not considered necessary during pregnancy or breastfeeding. For infants, who are not in the above risk categories, it is acceptable for smooth peanut products, such as smooth peanut butter, to be used as a weaning food at about eight to nine months, as recommended in New Zealand Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers. As there is the possible risk of choking it is also advised that whole peanuts are not given to children until five years of age.6

Advice to those with peanut allergy

For individuals with peanut allergy it is essential that all foods containing peanut products, even in minute amounts, be avoided completely. Highly peanut-sensitive individuals who have a history of systemic reaction, need to carry kits with adrenaline and antihistamines on hand for self-administration promptly at the first sign of a systemic reaction. People allergic to peanuts should avoid all tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pecans, even if they are not sensitised to these, to minimise the risk from contamination or confusion with peanuts.1 The reintroduction of peanuts should only be carried out when no reaction to peanut and nut products has occurred for three to five years, and under strictly supervised conditions at a specialised centre.2

Labelling requirements in New Zealand and Australia

Information on the likely peanut content of foods, or the content of other food allergens, is available to the consumer from two sources; food labels and the New Zealand Therapeutic Database. Currently general provisions for food labelling are required to comply with the New Zealand Food Regulations 1984 or the Australian Food Standards Code. In the New Zealand Food Regulations, the only instance in which peanuts may not be declared is if they are a minor component of a mixed ingredient added to a food. However, by about May 2002 Australia and New Zealand will have a joint standard for labelling of foods and all manufacturers should be working to a single standard. The Australia New Zealand Food Authority is awaiting final agreement on the draft Australia New Zealand Food Code.8 There is a mandatory labelling requirement for peanuts and peanut products in the draft Code.

Declaration of other food allergens required by new draft Code

The draft Code will also require a number of other significant food allergens to be declared on all food labels. Those food allergens include cereals containing gluten; crustacea and their products; egg and egg products; fish and fish products; milk and milk products; nuts, sesame seeds and their products; soybeans and their products; and sulphites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more.

New Zealand Therapeutic Database

In addition to legal labelling requirements, those consumers with food allergies may be assisted by the New Zealand Therapeutic Database, which is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health. This database contains information obtained from food manufacturers and distributors to enable the compilation of lists of commercial foods that are free of specific allergens.

The data are available to inform health professionals and people with allergies to assist them in allergy management. Lists of foods free of the common food allergens are updated and published annually and are available on the website www.nztd.co.nz or by writing to: Mrs Alannah Steeper, NZ Therapeutic Database, Auckland Hospital, Private Bag 92024, Auckland 1.

Other Helpful Organisations

Allergy Awareness Association (PO Box 56-117, Dominion Rd, Auckland) can provide practical support to individuals and families with peanut or other allergies.

The author would like to thank a number of reviewers who provided comments on this article including: Dr John Birkbeck, Dr Jan Sinclair, Dr Rodney Ford, Dr Pat Tuohy, Dr Alison Roberts, Elizabeth Aitken, Carolyn Watts, Jane McLennan, Clare Chandler and Lyn Gillanders, and in particular Dr Penny Fitzharris.

References

1.Fitzharris P. Peanut Allergy. Prescriber Update, No.15, p.13-16, Aug 1997.

2.Hourihane J O’B, Dean TP and Warner JO. Peanut allergy in relation to heredity, maternal diet, and other atopic diseases: results of a questionnaire survey, skin prick testing and food challenges. BMJ 1996;313:518-521.

3.Sampson HA. Managing Peanut Allergy. BMJ 1996;312:1050-1051.

4.Extract and format. 1 July 1995-30 June 1997 public hospital discharge data. New Zealand Health Information Service. Wellington: Ministry of Health 1998.

5.Peanut Allergy. Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products in the Environment. HMSO. London: Department of Health (UK) 1998.

6.Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Infants and Toddlers (Aged 0-2): A background paper. Wellington: Ministry of Health 1999.

7.Soy-based Infant Formula. Wellington: Ministry of Health 1998.

8.DRAFT Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Wellington: Australia New Zealand Food Authority 2000.

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Allergy May Be Triggered by Breastfeeding

By L.A. McKeown

WebMD Medical News

April 3, 2001 -- Babies susceptible to severe peanut allergy may be at risk from the potentially dangerous allergen even before they're old enough to eat. That's because new research shows that enough protein from a small serving of peanuts can be transmitted through a mother's breast milk, and this exposure may possibly predispose or set up some nursing babies to later experience allergic reactions.

Just a tiny amount of peanuts in food or even handling peanuts can be potentially deadly to children and adults with severe peanut allergy. The number of people affected by peanut allergy has increased dramatically in recent years, and research suggests that children at risk for allergies who are exposed to peanuts at an early age have an increased chance of developing lifelong peanut allergy.

The lead author of the new study says that until now, breast milk was not considered a potential source of the type of early exposure that can lead to development of a peanut allergy.

According to Peter Vadas, MD, the conventional advice has been to avoid giving kids foods containing peanuts until after age 3 if parents or other family members have a history of asthma, allergies, or eczema.

"Now we have to modify that a little bit," says Vadas, of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Now we also must warn these mothers to do their best to try not to eat peanut products while nursing so as to avoid indirectly exposing their children." His study appears in the April 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In Vadas' study, 23 healthy lactating women expressed breast milk immediately before and at timed intervals after consuming about half a cup of dry roasted peanuts. The researchers examined the samples to determine how much protein from the peanuts and whether two peanut allergens were detectable in breast milk.

Nearly 50% of the women had peanut protein in their breast milk. The protein appeared within one to six hours of eating the nuts and disappeared quickly from the milk of most women. Both of the peanut allergens appeared in the milk.

"It's been known for some time that at least some of the foods that mothers eat are passed in the breast milk," says Scott H. Sicherer, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of allergy and immunology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

He says the study adds another piece to the puzzle by showing that peanuts eaten by the mother can get into breast milk "in a form and a quantity that could potentially sensitize or cause reactions in nursing babies."

The new study is in agreement with the nutrition committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recently began recommending that mothers whose babies are at high risk for food allergies or other types of allergies consider not eating foods containing peanuts while breastfeeding, according to Sicherer, who provided WebMD with an objective analysis of the study.

Another expert, Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, says it still remains to be proven if the amount of peanut protein found in breast milk is sufficient to sensitize infants to developing a peanut allergy.

"The levels, in an of themselves, are pretty high, and this could explain why people have peanut allergy. ... Peanut allergy often presents in the first year of life, and we often wonder why that is if they haven't had any exposure and have only been consuming breast milk or formula," says Rothenberg, who is section chief of allergy and immunology and an associate professor at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. "This shows that exposure could have been through the breast milk, and that is significant. It means mothers who are breastfeeding and who are concerned about allergies should watch their diet."

Rothenberg says one interpretation of the study is that it may be possible -- by completely avoiding peanuts in infancy and early childhood -- to avoid ever developing a peanut allergy, since it usually develops early, if at all. On the other hand, he says it's also possible that some slight exposure may be necessary to strengthen the immune system to fight off or lessen the effects of a peanut allergy attack.

If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding or already are breastfeeding, ask your doctor if you should avoid peanuts.



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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 9:36am
The difference is, you are not told your child has to drive, eat sushi, fly or take aspirin before you can enroll him in school...and if you don't want him to do those things, you will have to jump through several hoops to avoid them.

We are exposed to enough toxins as it is beyond our control, so I avoid those we can control.

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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 10:02pm
Yup, sure did! In fact, I said that in my post : "...so in the last trimester of pregnancy I'm cutting down on all diary, egg, peanut and fish drastically, and bulking up my vitamin intake to reduce chances of allergies."

We also plan to do this while I'm breastfeeding - under doctor and midwife supervision of course! I don't want my kids to go through what I did as a child. You wouldn't believe how many foods have "Traces of peanut" in them. Ugh! As a kid my three top food allergies were peanut, wheat and egg. Try eating anything that can be called a "normal diet" while avoiding those foods!! I still remember that four page list pinned to the fridge of, "Things she can't eat". Thank god I grew out of those food allergies.

~:) Babs

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Sun, 04-27-2003 - 10:28am
That's great to hear you grew out of your peanut allergies. I can't imagaine how difficult it is to make sure your diet is free of all those products!
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Sun, 04-27-2003 - 8:48pm
A friend of mine was telling me her Mom (okay, so it's now third-hand info!) read a recent article saying you SHOULD eat peanuts while pregnant/breastfeeding. I hope good research is being done to determine what is really the safest route for avoiding allergy. Peanuts *are* in tons of products; also many products have the warning "may be made on equipment that processes peanuts" or something like that, so you just don't know if it is safe or not if you have a peanut allergy. (Yes, I realize we would all do better eating fewer processed foods anyway -- but it can be very difficult to avoid all of it. I was thinking specifically of protein/energy bars, which are really convenient for pregnant/breastfeeding moms who are starving NOW and just can't wait!)

Keeley

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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 7:24am
LOL- this could be THE next debate- on par with vaccinations, Keeley! From what I've read though is this: peanut allergies in babies/children occurs at an extremely higher rate in breastfed children as opposed to formula fed children. I figure my kids must have exceptional immune systems, as I am -yes- a Peanutaholic. I could literally give up just about any other food, but leave my peanuts alone! And my 2 youngest have followed in my footsteps~

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Mon, 04-28-2003 - 4:42pm
Did you know that those energy bars contain five times the caffiene as one cup of coffee, or a chocolate bar? My midwife told me that early on, so I avoid them like the plague!!

~:) Babs

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