18 Jun How Eating Hyper Allergenic Foods Whilst Breastfeeding Can Help Your Baby
Eating hyper allergenic foods whilst breastfeeding has long been a hot topic for debate. Many mothers have been told to only introduce their infants to highly allergenic foods at a later stage. However, can this be doing more harm than good to your baby’s development? Interestingly enough, yes. As mentioned by registered specialist in allergy and immunology at the Centre for Allergy and Asthma Care in Hong Kong’s Central district, Dr Adrian Wu Young Yuen, “Studies have not shown a correlation between eating certain foods during pregnancy and the subsequent development of food allergies. Likewise, avoidance of these foods during pregnancy has not been shown to reduce the risk of sensitization to these foods.” Read on below to see how you can give your little one the upper hand against allergies by introducing them into your diet whilst pregnant and breastfeeding.
The Science Behind It
In November 2017, a study was published in the Journal Of Experimental Medicine in which the Boston’s Children Hospital conducted an experiment on pregnant and breastfeeding mice, introducing them to highly allergenic foods. In the study, doctors exposed the mommy mice to foods classed as high allergens such as egg and peanuts and monitored how this affected their babies. Interestingly enough, protective antibodies were transferred to the nursing mice babies through their mothers’ breastmilk. This allowed the baby mice to produce T immune cells within their own bodies, making them able to tolerate the allergens. Furthermore, leading breastfeeding experts in South Africa such as Meg Faure stress the importance of introducing your infant to high allergen foods to better their chance of immunity.
Why You Should Be Eating Hyper Allergenic Foods Whilst Breastfeeding
As you can see above, by introducing your baby to highly allergenic foods from the get go, they may stand a chance of actually developing an immunity against any allergen you are eating. However, this is not a guarantee. Just because you eat highly allergic foods whilst breastfeeding, does not assurance your child an immunity thereafter. Dr Yuen suggest breastfeeding your baby for at least six months. During this time, keep a close eye on any skin allergies your child may or may not develop, as these may give you a better chance of understanding their likeliness to develop certain food allergies down the line. If you are still on the fence about introducing your child to high allergen foods, or just have any general breastfeeding inquiries, be sure to get in touch with the Breastpumps & Beyond team. We have a vast knowledge base of all feeding related topics and can provide you with incredible breastfeeding gear. From pumps to comfy, stylish nursing bras, we stock it all. Take a look at our incredible range right here and enjoy your breastfeeding journey today.