Sigh…yes, I am talking about anaphylaxis. I have been following with great interest the research on whether it is a good idea for the breastfeeding mother to eat the allergen her baby is allergic to, or whether she should abstain altogether. Well, unfortunately, the jury is still out. And, depending on which side of the pond you are on, you will either be encouraged to eat the food or not while you continue to breastfeed. The key thing, and critically important, is obviously, to continue to breastfeed. I shudder to think what would happen to little babes who are anaphylactic to dairy and their moms quit breastfeeding and are faced with trying to: A) get their milk back –not always easy to do! B) Scramble to get donor milk; C) have to use soy formula–fraught with its own risks to the baby; or D) go for some hydrolyzed formula—the risks of which we still are not fully aware, and even then, can an anaphylactic-to-dairy baby truly tolerate any cow’s milk product? We are not sure all can.
But no matter what side of the argument you fall on, one thing is for sure–we have got to figure this one out soon because anaphylaxis is becoming more prevalent than ever before. Luckily, breastfeeding has become popular again so we are at least conferring as much protection on our babes as possible. A bit more guidance though for how moms should navigate through these murky allergic waters would be helpful. I will do my best to stay on top of research as it comes out and ask that you use this forum to do so as well.
In the meantime, though I have my own personal experience of this topic to share in a future post, I would love to get feedback on what your experience is in this area. Are you a breastfeeding mom of an anaphylactic child? If so, are you eating that allergen or avoiding it? What kind of signs and reactions are you seeing, if any?
I am also very curious to know, How are you dealing with the emotional aspect of having an anaphylactic baby in the first place? Submit your comments and I promise to get to them quickly.
Thanks for your feedback!