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AH NUTS! Nut Allergy

by Tara Carey
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peauts, asthma, pollen, milk, soy…….. AH NUTS. You said what? My child is allergic to nuts? But nobody else in my family is? I don’t understand?
Have you ever heard that? Have you said that? Well your not alone. Birth practices, labour and early intervention to promote breastfeeding can change the course of your LO’s life. You are giving them a higher chance to be allergy free when you give them colostrum and breast milk.

When my first daughter was born, she was not able to latch for 5 days.  This was on the heels of a traumatic birth.  If you have read my past blogs, you will know about the whole story of her birth.  Since I have begun to study lactation and all that goes with it, I’ve been fascinated with the fact that breastfed babies have a lower risk of having allergies or even some autoimmune deficiencies.

I have now come to the terms that this is the reason that only one of my children has any allergies.  All the others had a trauma free birth and immediate access to my breast, skin to skin and colostrum.  I just finished getting my 4th daughter tested for allergies and alas, she is allergy free too.  We have such severe anaphylactic allergies in both sides of my family.  My eldest is anaphylactic to peanuts and the allergist said that with each child in the family that has an allergy, there is a 20% chance that siblings will have it as well.  How is it that only ¼ of mine do.

[i]Research has identified an ingredient called praline-rich polypeptide (PRP) as one of the main components of colostrum that is responsible for eliminating or improving the symptoms of allergies. It is also thought to be potentially useful for other autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and MS. According to Staroscik et al, 1983 (Molecular Immunology, Vol. 20, No. 12, pp. 1277-1282), PRP has the same ability to regulate activity of the immune system as do hormones produced by the thymus gland. It can stimulate an under-active system into dealing with disease-causing organisms and it can also suppress an over-active system which results from autoimmune disorders and allergic reactions.  

Colostrum has more than 90 known properties all which are super charging a baby’s body and preparing it to protect itself from the world of germs and foreign substances.  As I’ve mentioned before, it’s like a force field that’s even kryptonite resistant.  Now that’s awesome!

Another study done with Unicef has found that when a baby is breastfed even partially for 6 months or longer, their chances of having asthma drastically are reduced.  [ii]

If you have allergies in your family, it seems that the best thing to do is breastfeed.  Allergies are no fun and they can even be scary at times.  Trust me, I know.  I’ve had a reaction to a nut.  Life’s short so save time, energy and just say yes to the breast!


[ii] Kull I et al (2002). Breast feeding and allergic diseases in infants–a prospective birth cohort study. Arch Dis Child 87: 478-481. [Abstract] (as taken from )


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