Should I Avoid Certain Foods While I Am Pregnant And Breastfeeding To Prevent Food Allergies In My Next Child?

Dr. Daines answers the question: 'Pregnancy And Food Allergy Prevention?'

ByMichael Daines, M.D., Pediatric Allergist-Immunologist, Arizona Respiratory Ctr., UA College of Medicine
March 25, 2008, 12:41 PM

— -- Question: My first child has food allergies. Should I avoid certain foods while I am pregnant and breastfeeding to prevent food allergy in my next child?

Answer: Food allergens do cross the placenta and into the breast milk. There is some small benefit to avoiding the very allergenic foods during pregnancy and lactation. The main foods that you'd need to avoid would be eggs, milks, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

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