“My baby is allergic to my milk!” – so the mother may think when she sees that something is wrong with the baby.
And the agony begins: strict diets, close observation of the slightest changes in the child’s condition, consultations with doctors, transferring the baby to a mixture, etc.
Here and now we are considering this issue and debunking myths on the issue: breast milk allergy.
What is food allergy per se?
Tell me honestly: when your child starts to worry, cry, sleep poorly, the first thing you think about is a tummy ache because I ate something harmful?
You may think that your baby is allergic to breast milk. I hasten to reassure you: most likely not.
In most cases, this condition is physiologically normal for infants. It is associated with the processes of maturation and adaptation that all systems of his body go through in the first months of life.
What about the rash? This is often not a sure sign of allergy either.
It may very well be that the child is poured out because of the heat, because he is sweating.
Or there was irritation from wet diapers, poor quality fabric from which they are made. This is called atopic dermatitis, and in most cases it has nothing to do with your milk.
Food allergy is the reaction of immune proteins to other proteins that, for some reason, are perceived as hostile.
If we consider this issue from the point of view of allergy to breast milk during breastfeeding, then it is very important to understand that in its original form such “enemies” do not penetrate into the mother’s milk and are not absorbed into the digestive tract of her child.
Where does a child’s allergy to hepatitis B come from?
Scientists suggest that the human body produces protein molecules similar to those that make up the food it eats.
That is, it turns out that with milk, the baby does not receive proteins, for example, chicken meat, but mother’s milk proteins, very similar to chicken ones.
It is they who excite the fragile immune system, and babies are allergic to breast milk, as it is usually called. In fact, on its component.
Hence, the mechanism of the disappearance of allergic symptoms becomes clear when the mother refuses this product: her body stops producing these similar proteins.
I would also like to note that these very allergenic compounds are formed in the blood and penetrate into milk. Accordingly, they are present throughout its entire volume evenly – it will not work to express the “allergenic part”.
What most often worries mothers in the state of their babies?
You cannot count every symptom that worries you in the baby’s condition as symptoms of an allergy to breast milk (more precisely, to the food irritant contained in it).
For example, it could be:
- a small, reddish rash is the most common symptom;
- excessively dry skin;
- weeping, flaky, reddened areas on the skin
- the appearance of blood in the stool of the baby;
- stuffy nose and runny nose
- red, swollen eyelids.
But such symptoms may indicate not only allergies:
- Frequent and profuse regurgitation. It is not a fact that it is a sign of allergy, because up to 6 months this is a physiological norm.
- The increased formation of gas in the intestines can also be an age-related feature in a child. Especially if the hospital was separated. Or you supplement the child with a formula, give water, medicine.
Unexplained increased anxiety.
The child is small, it takes a lot of energy to adapt to the outside world. Bright light, uncomfortable posture, overwork can be expressed in crying. Here you need to master the technique of gentle care and help the child feel safe.
If you notice a clear connection between an allergic reaction and a product, try skipping it for 1-2 weeks. Then eat it again.
What products should you “sin” on?
Each baby is different. Its development, reactions to various stimuli, including food, too.
I have already said that a small organism can consider a protein of absolutely any product as a foreign one.
But there is a certain group, the use of products from which causes reactions most often:
- chicken egg and meat cow’s milk ;
- citrus fruits ;
- chocolate ;
- foods containing gluten
- beekeeping products (first of all – honey );
- exotic fruits or sea food.
Try to abandon them and see what happens to the baby.
Allergic to food or mom’s milk?
So could a baby be allergic to breast milk? Up to this point, we have talked about the fact that it can be caused by some product in your diet.
But is it possible that the baby will react to your milk? That is, is there an allergy to the protein of breast milk itself?
No, it doesn’t work that way. After all, if this were so, all children with such a reaction would simply die!
Nature has made sure that mother’s breast milk contains the optimal amount of those components that her baby needs. Its composition is always individual.
That is why no mixture in the world can repeat it 100%. It can only approach the general composition to some extent.
So, if the doctor says that the child has a reaction to the proteins of your milk, feel free to go to another.
And to reduce unwanted effects on the baby’s tummy, follow these simple guidelines:
- Eat often, but little by little. A large portion of one product is a strong load even on an adult digestive system, what can we say about babies?
- Carefully monitor the medications you take – not all medications are allowed for HB and are safe for little ones. The same rule applies to herbal teas. Try not to eat foods that contain many chemical components (dyes, preservatives, thickeners, leavening agents, etc.). Even if they do not cause allergies, they certainly cannot be called useful for the baby.
- Drink at least 2 liters of liquid a day, while trying to keep most of it just plain water.
I hope the main thing that you learned from this article is that in nature there is no allergy to mother’s breast milk !
Therefore, it is better to find out which specific products give undesirable consequences, and refuse them.