Full story hereA 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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12-07-2012 14:29 #1
Exclusive breastfeeding linked to nut allergies
12-07-2012 16:55 #2
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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12-07-2012 16:59 #3
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.
12-07-2012 17:03 #4
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.
12-07-2012 17:07 #5Senior Member
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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.
12-07-2012 17:27 #6
12-07-2012 17:31 #7
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?
12-07-2012 17:39 #8
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.
12-07-2012 17:42 #9
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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12-07-2012 17:42 #10
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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