All breastfeeding mothers should try to avoid dairy products within the first few weeks after baby's birth, as all newborn babies have digestive systems that are immature.
A mother should notice a difference in her baby’s behavior after eating certain foods, but fussiness on its own, is not a sign of food sensitivity. Here are some symptoms of food allergy to look out for...
Should I continue to breastfeed, if my baby is allergic to some foods?
Yes, the mother needs to figure out which foods are causing the allergic reaction. Then she will need to eliminate these specific foods from her diet.
If a baby is allergic to cow’s milk, she should keep away from all dairy products. A reaction towards a specific food, can show immediately or only after 24 hours.
The mother should stay away from the specific food, she thinks could be
causing the problem, for at least four weeks, to see if her baby still has the
Some babies may seem to experience worsened symptoms, for about a week after eliminating the problem food.
Some common foods that cause food allergies include; peanuts, shellfish, cows milk protein, eggs, wheat, citrus fruits, fish, soy and food additives. What bothers one baby, may not bother another.
A family history of specific food sensitivity, asthma and/or eczema. If both parents have allergies, their baby is 80% more likely to get it, if only one parent is affected, baby has a 30% chance of being allergic.
When babies have a sensitivity towards cow's milk, it is the protein in the milk that causes the milk allergies, not the lactose. This is why switching to lactose fee products will not help. A milk protein allergy can cause all of the symptoms mentioned above.
Most babies with an infant milk allergy, will most likely be allergic to soy and beef as well. Breastfeeding mothers will need to eliminate all forms of cow’s milk protein, including cream, yogurt, butter and cheese. Also anything containing casein, caseinate, sodium and/or calcium caseinate, lactalbumin or whey. The mother will need to start reading labels on purchased foods, that may contain cow’s milk protein.
Most of these babies will outgrow their sensitivities, by the age of two. It's best to wait at least until your baby is six months old, before trying to introduce dairy products again.
Breastfeeding and Infant Food Allergy
~ Dairy products, for a year from birth.
~ Eggs for the first two years.
~ Peanuts, nuts and fish should be avoided for the first three years.
Babies with egg allergies, may also be allergic to: albumin, dried eggs, egg powder, egg solids, ovomucin, ovomucoid, ovovitellin, ovalbumin, livetin and Simplesse. Egg allergy symptoms are the same as the symptoms mentioned above.
One in every 150 children, are affected by peanut allergy. A peanut allergy can be quite severe in some cases.
Traces of peanuts can be found in almost anything, it can even be found in baby formula, ice cream and cereals.
Nut allergy symptoms are also the same as the symptoms mentioned above.
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