In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised mothers with a family history of food allergies to avoid cow's milk, peanuts and tree nuts, eggs and fish during pregnancy and breastfeeding in the belief that doing so afforded some protection against their children developing an allergy to one or more of these foods. Seven years later the AAP has changed its mind.
In a new report released this month, the AAP says there is not enough evidence to support their earlier belief and they are now touting breastfeeding in general as a tool for guarding against rashes, wheezing and other allergic reactions to some foods. They are also no longer recommending delaying introducing foods like peanut butter, eggs and fish to children (though they note that babies should not get solid food until 4-6 months).
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