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Experts Change Advice on Eating To Avoid Child Allergies

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, January 07, 2008 11:29 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Allergies


American Academy of Pediatrics revises its recommendation to parents about eating during pregnancy to avoid allergies in children.

Parents who have felt guilty about contributing to their children’s allergies can breathe a small sigh of relief.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says there is no evidence that avoiding certain foods during pregnancy or other measures helps prevent food allergies.

Previously, the Academy had suggested that mothers with a family history avoid cow’s milk, fish, peanuts, eggs and tree nuts while breast-feeding.

Breast-feeding still remains the recommendation for at least four months to lessen the risk of allergy to cow’s milk.  Breast-feeding exclusively for the first three months of life protects against babies developing a wheeze.  The journal reports there is no evidence that soy-based formulas prevent allergies.

Dr. Peter Valdas, the doctor who previously found peanut protein in breast milk and cited it as a cause of allergies, still believes breast-feeding mothers should avoid peanuts, especially if there is a family history.

The new guidelines are reported in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics.






Anonymous User
Posted by Stephanie
Monday, January 07, 2008 4:21 PM EST

Where is the picture of the mom nursing her baby?

Nursing is hard and even harder without support. Nursing Moms need support from employers, childcare providers, and the community. The American public needs to get used to the image of a mother nursing. There is no doubt that Breast is Best and just as the mother sacrifices herself others need to sacrifice their sensibilities. A photo of a mother nursing is the most obvious photo for this story. Until we advocate nursing more, mothers will never be able to do what it takes to do the best for their children. The more we advocate the more mothers will feed their children when they need it regardless of location.

Anonymous User
Posted by jane Akre
Tuesday, January 08, 2008 12:44 PM EST

Hi Stephanie-

I couldn't agree more. At the time I filed this story I didn't have access to our photo bank. I would have prefered a pic of both mother and baby breast feeding. Rest assured, it was no slight on my part (as a former breast feeder for a llloong time) but more a logistical issue. Thanks for your comment!

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