Can breast-fed babies develop allergic reactions to foods their mothers eat? I'm concerned this breastfeeding issue could affect my baby.
Yes, a breastfed baby can react to foods in his mother's diet. The foods that are most likely to cause a reaction are milk, egg, soy, peanuts and wheat. Reactions can manifest as breastfeeding issues include bloody or mucousy stools, vomiting, eczema or hives. It may be difficult to track down the exact food, since there is a delay between the mother consuming the food and the food entering the breast milk and causing a reaction.
However, many infants with food allergies can tolerate the food via breast milk when it appears in the mother's diet, particularly in moderation. And breastfeeding has many benefits, including reducing the chances of allergies in the first place.