Food Allergies and Breastfeeding

As you being to introduce solid foods to your baby, keep in mind that pediatricians no longer recommend waiting until a baby is older before introducing common allergens, such as eggs and peanuts.

As a breastfeeding mom, you may even be able to protect your baby against developing food allergies by creating a tolerance through your breastmilk.

If your baby has shown signs of a food allergy, however, or if there is a family history of allergies, talk with the doctor about how to introduce common food allergens. Introduce other new foods one at a time to screen for allergic reactions.

If you suspect that your baby may have a food allergy, talk with your little one’s healthcare provider.

Symptoms of a food allergy may include any of the following:

  • skin rashes
  • puffy eyelids
  • runny nose
  • excessive gas
  • diarrhea

Call 911 if your baby has a severe reaction, such as:

  • wheezing
  • facial swelling (such as the lips and tongue)
  • trouble breathing

Overall, citrus fruits, eggs, wheat products, nuts and chocolate are the most common food allergens, but early in life, the most common ones are milk, eggs, soy, peanuts and wheat.

Never give raw, unpasteurized honey to any child under the age of 1 to avoid the risk of infant botulism.

See also ...

•  Infant allergies and food sensitivities

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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