I'm Breastfeeding. How Can I Lower My Baby's Food Allergy Risk?
I'm a new mom and have just started breastfeeding. If I avoid certain foods
during this time, can I lessen my daughter's risk of developing food allergies? – Chemera
Doctors do not recommend avoiding foods while breastfeeding
to prevent the development of food
allergies. Recent studies have not found a lower risk of allergies in children
whose mothers restricted their diets during breastfeeding.
However, if your baby already has a food allergy (like a milk
allergy), you should avoid that food while you breastfeed. Proteins from the food
can pass through your breast milk and cause allergy symptoms in your baby.
Studies are ongoing to see if eating particular foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding
could offer some protection from food allergies.