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Can eating peanut butter while pregnant cause your baby to have a peanut allergy?

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Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lalanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
NO: No, mom should eat natural and healthy foods.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe: There are some recent studies that suggest that mom's diet may increase the odds of such an allergy. But we are not completely sure. This is a subject to discuss with your doctor.

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Will eating a lot of peanut butter and peanuts during pregnancy cause a peanut allergy for the baby?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
NO: This has never been definitively proven and would essentially mean anything a pregnant mother eats in excess would be a possible allergen to the baby, which is not the case, or babies all over the world be allergic to ice cream, etc. What is important, is to try and breast feed for the first year, as immunoglobulins that can be transferred to the growing baby through mom's breast milk can help.

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