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    Default Exclusive breastfeeding linked to nut allergies

    A new Australian study has found children who are solely breastfed in the first six months of life are at greater risk of developing a nut allergy.
    There has been a sharp rise in nut allergies in Australian children over the past 20 years, but until now the medical world has found it hard to explain the risk factors.
    Australian National University (ANU) researchers found it is not the breast milk itself that seems to be the culprit, but rather the traces of nuts contained in it.
    The link between the two was investigated using the ACT Kindergarten Health Check Questionnaire in a study conducted by the ANU Medical School and the ACT Health Directorate.
    Of the 15,000 preschool children studied, 3.2 per cent had a peanut allergy while 3.9 per cent were allergic to other nuts.
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    only a small percentage actually have the allergy so that is strange to suggest it is linked to exclusive breastfeeding. Unless only around 3% of the kids were exclusively breastfed for 6 months...

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    I saw that in the news too this morning and thought it was very surprising. I'd like to know more about the study, and am interested to see if the results can be replicated in future studies.

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    I don't get it.

    The percentage of soley breastfed babies at 6 months would not be as great as those who are formula fed or bf/ff combined at 6 months yet the incidences of allergies are increasing....

    That doesn't add up to me???

    Just for what it's worth I fully breast fed til 6 months (DD1 had top up feeds in hospy as a newborn for a couple of days tho) and then combined breast feeding with solids to 17 months. I ate all sorts of nuts during pregnancy and breastfeeding and she is not allergic. That's my situation anyway.

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    I thought they had found that it is something to do with when the allergy causing food was ingested. So I would want to know, if the mother ate peanuts - and how much she was eating when bfing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I thought they had found that it is something to do with when the allergy causing food was ingested. So I would want to know, if the mother ate peanuts - and how much she was eating when bfing.
    The research mentions eating peanuts when pregnant too - not just when breastfeeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseOfFun View Post
    The research mentions eating peanuts when pregnant too - not just when breastfeeding.
    But this theory was tested in the UK several years ago... the official health recommendation for a period of time was for pregnant women to abstain from eating peanuts. They found that that it had no bearing at all on children's allergies, and if I recall correctly they actually recorded an increase in that time.

    What baffles me is they keep saying that peanut allergy is increasing, yes? Compared to 25, 50, 100 years ago? But wouldn't the rates of breastfeeding have decreased in this time?

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    Yes that's correct, there are no current recommendations to avoid peanuts when pregnant.
    Personally I think they are barking up the wrong tree to try to link peanut allergies with exclusive breastfeeding.

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    yeah that strikes me as an odd comparison when numbers of nut allergies are rising while fewer people exclusively breast feed.

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    Geez we just can't win can we? maybe we need to just give our babies fresh air and hope for the best

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