Thursday, January 17, 2008

I Miss Peanut Butter

Because of Bryce's egg and peanut allergy, our allergist recommended that I stay away from both substances during pregnancy and breastfeeding. I've diligently stayed away from peanuts/peanut butter so far even though I miss it DREADFULLY because it was a staple in both prior pregnancies and always tasted good when I wanted nothing else. As for eggs, I'm staying away from straight eggs, omlettes, etc which really isn't hard since I don't like them much but I am not going 100% off of them b/c I just think it's ridiculous. And this article proves I was right:

Advice Changes for Preventing Allergies

While there's no proof avoiding peanuts will prevent a peanut allergic child, at least by avoiding now, if #3 were to have a peanut allergy, I'll know it's not b/c of me indulging during pregnancy. And based on the fact that peanut allergies are one of the most life threatening, anything I can do to possibly prevent THAT allergy, is worth it.

And as the article suggests, I'll be exclusively breastfeeding again and withholding solids until sometime after 5ish months (I know the recommendation is 6 but I never would have made it to 6 months with Bryce b/c of his breastmilk intake and his appetite and I refused to supplement w/ formula b/c of possible allergy issues.) And even given all that, there's just basic genetics to contend with....look at Caroline - I ate the same way with her and she has no food allergies. So who knows!

But man, what I wouldn't do for a big, fat peanut butter and jelly sandwich right now...... Or maybe even a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Oy!


Katie said...

Good advice. That's what I try to do... Although, waiting to introduce solids until 6 mos is very difficult. I made it until 5 mos or so with Lucy and she was always so hungry (and still is). She's getting a RAST test before next check up (9mos) just to be sure (i'm worried about soy b/c she got sick from that formula so many times).

viv said...

I had a peanut butter cup today.............. sorry to brag ;)