Allergies

Breast Milk Allergy

Breast Milk AllergyBabies can develop Breast milk allergy due to the reaction to the foods from the mother’s diet. Proteins from foods such as milk, soy, peanuts etc. can cross from the mother’s diet into the breast milk, resulting in breast milk allergies.

Cow’s milk consumed by the mother is the most common reason babies develop breast milk allergy. The proteins from cow’s milk are transferred to the breast milk. When the mother feeds the baby with breast milk, an allergic reaction is seen. The allergy is due to certain milk proteins and sugars which act as triggers. If you notice your baby exhibiting any of the symptoms of breast milk allergy, it is very important to consult a doctor to avoid any malnouriishment problems.

This article discusses the various common symptoms a baby suffers from breastmilk and prevention measures.

Symptoms of Breast Milk Allergy

The following are the symptoms of breastmilk allergy:

Gastrointestinal symptoms – The baby may experience symptoms related to gastrointestine when allergic to breastmilk. The baby suffers from immediate vomiting after feedings, diarrhea, loose stools and colic.

Respiratory symptoms – The baby may show symptoms like breathing difficulty, wheezing, nasal congestion.

Other allergic symptoms – The common symptoms associated with allergies are shown such as runny nose, water eyes and coughing. They even develop itchy mouth rash. In some cases, the allergy becomes serious causing anaphylactic shock. This is a fatal condition which causes unconsciousness, sudden decrease in blood pressure and throat swelling.

Prevention of Breast milk Allergy

To prevent breast milk allergy in the infant, the mother has to eliminate the offending foods for a period of 1 to 2 weeks to see if the condition of the baby improves. This is because the offending foods can stay about 7 days in the breast milk. After this period they are eliminated.

Most babies do not have allergies after the mother eliminates cow milk and dairy products. If milk products are eliminated in the diet, one has to compensate calcium in the diet by finding alternative sources of calcium.

If the baby’s condition does not improve even after eliminating milk, mothers should try eliminating allergy-causing foods such as milk, eggs, soy, peanut. If the allergic reaction is not seen after eliminating a certain food, then the food should be completely eliminated in the future. Drastic changes in diet can result in weakness, hence, consulting a doctor for healthy food intake is recommended.

Most infants grow out of milk allergy and other food allergies as they grow. But, mothers should be careful and avoid allergy-causing foods in their diet to prevent infant breast milk allergy.

1 response to Breast Milk Allergy

  1. I do not eat any dairy ( have a milk protein intolerance myself), I do not have soy or nuts and have even cut out wheat. My 7 week old still has green mucous poop with lots of blood. Was told at sick kids hospital that she prob has allergy to my actual breastmilk! What else could it be?

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