Yes I thought they discredited the theory as well lambjam?
My son was exclusively breastfed and doesnt have any allergies.
Found it. Paste this into your web browser and you can download the pdf. www.hindawi.com/journals/ijped/aip/675724.pdf
Infant Feeding Practices and Nut allergy over Time in Australian School Entrant Children. Published in International Journal of Paediatrics.
The research article found that 5% of the exclusively breastfed group had a strong nut allergy versus 2.7% that were fed other fluid/food only and 3.7% that were breastfed as well as given other fluid/food in the first 6 months.
Last edited by HouseOfFun; 12-07-2012 at 18:07.
It appears that this paper suggests introducing foods before 6 months is what has the protective effect. I agree that the 2% is very small and I would not avoid breastfeeding, nor eating nuts in pregnancy based on this research. But I think it may add weight to the current trend of advice towards introducing some foods before 6 months (even as early as 4 months), particularly in children with a strong family history of food allergy.
I have been wondering about this. My DS is anaphylactic to peanuts. We have no family history of food allergies but do have other risk factors such as history of eczema, hay fever and asthma. I exclusively breastfed DS for 6 months (apart from one top up feed on day 2) and went on to breastfeed until 14 months. I ate a lot of peanut butter throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding and I have often wondered if it contributed. Since finding out about the peanut allergy I have found out how many packaged foods can have traces of peanuts in them and wondered about the contribution of that with modern diets. We don't have any peanuts or traces of in the house anymore so I won't be eating peanuts next pregnancy or while breastfeeding by default. I'll have to think about whether I eat other nuts now?? I've always held the opinion that avoidance wasn't the answer. I probably should go and look at the paper very carefully.
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