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How Breastfeeding and Food Allergies Intersect: What We Know and How We Can Help

by Meghan McMillin, MS, RD, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes

Though the overall risk of the development of food allergies in infants remains very low, prevalence has been increasing. With that increase, we are also seeing more concerns for food allergies in the exclusively breast/chest fed infant. This presentation aims to educate on the different types of food allergies (IgE mediated vs non- IgE mediated) and their symptoms commonly seen in a breast/chest fed infant. We’ll review the current feeding recommendations for an infant that presents with food allergies including maternal elimination diets. This presentation will also explore the role of the lactation consultant in managing food allergies and supporting our families that face this challenging situation.

Learning Objectives:

1. The participant will be able to describe 2 different types of food allergies.
2. The participant will be able to explain lactation's role in allergy risk and prevention.
3. The participant will be able to list 3 common allergy symptoms that may present in a breast milk fed baby.
4. The participant will be able to list 3 feeding issues that may mimic allergy symptoms.
5. The participant will be able to describe the care plans and referrals necessary for families with a baby with food allergies.

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