Your Baby can be allergic to your breast milk.

It's no surprise that breast milk is often the best choice for baby food. Breast milk is a superfood according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It "provides all of the nutrients, calories, and fluids required for your baby’s health."

Jackie Bjelac MD pediatric allergist says, "We know breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition to babies and many other benefits for parents as well,"

It is not always simple, however. It can take a lot of time to breastfeed or do chestfeed. You may find it physically demanding. You may also be tempted to question the health of your child and what it is doing for you.

You may be wondering how all this talk about food allergies can impact your breastfeeding. Do you need to avoid common allergens in order not to have them transfer into your breastmilk?

This was a common concern that we asked Dr. Bjelac. We were shocked to hear her answer. Her response?

Dr. Bjelac states that it is important to have a balanced diet when breastfeeding. This will allow you to continue producing enough milk to breastfeed for as long as your heart desires. If you cut out too many foods your nutrition will suffer and supply can become a problem. Breastfeeding successfully on a restrictive diet is difficult. We don't recommend cutting out unnecessary foods.

Dr. Bjelac describes the link (or lack thereof!) between what you eat and the food allergies of your infant breastfed.

Are Your Babies Allergy to Breast Milk?

According to Dr. Bjelac, babies are not allergic breast milk. A very tiny percentage of infants can become allergic to small amounts of the food proteins in breast milk. A small percentage of breastmilk-fed babies may also be allergic to some food proteins.

There are many ways to help you manage allergies or intolerances.

Dr. Bjelac assists us in wading through the recommendations.

Is breast milk able to pass food allergies? Breastfeeding can cause anxiety about the health of your baby and make it difficult to eat healthy foods. Chances are, you're doing a fantastic job.

Dr. Bjelac suggests these two points if you are worried that your baby might be allergic to the milk in the cereal you just made or to the shellfish you had for dinner.

Babies with food allergies are very rare. AAP reports that only 2 to 3% of breastfed babies experience an allergic reaction. The proteins in breast milk are very small compared to the protein found in other foods. Take all of these together, and you will see that it is extremely unlikely for your baby's to be allergic to any food.

Dr. Bjelac reaffirms, "Babies don't react to breast milk." Breast milk contains very little protein, which means that there is very low chance of your baby having an allergic reaction to food.

Go ahead, eat those peanuts. It's possible you could use some snacks!

Does Avoiding Common Food Allergens Protect Your Baby?

Okay, what happens if your baby has a food allergy or is in the 2 to 3 percent range? You won't be able to tell until your baby tries the food, Dr. Bjelac says.

She continues, "The AAP guidelines are to introduce common food allergies, such as peanuts, eggs and soy, in your baby's 6 month old year." You should monitor your baby for any signs of allergic reactions, such as swelling and hives, when they start to try foods on their own. Babies can be given milk-containing foods, such as whole milk yogurt or cheese, from 6 months.

You'll be able to tell if the person is allergic. Dr. Bjelac said that allergic reactions to foods can be quite obvious.

You don't have to alter your diet if your child is among those in the small percentage of babies who react to certain foods.

Although this may seem counterintuitive, let us say it once again. Breast milk only transfers so much food protein that it is possible to continue eating foods your baby has an allergy to even while breastfeeding. This advice is different for babies with food allergies. You can read more about that here.

This idea has been supported by research. One study states, "When healthcare practitioners promote the concept that maternal dietary restrictions are an important part of food allergy management, this risks causing harmful adverse effects without benefitting the allergic child."

This is true: It can hinder your ability to breastfeed successfully and will also make it difficult for your child to avoid allergies.

Food Allergies Vs. Food Intolerance

Your healthcare provider might recommend that you change your breastfeeding diet from time to time. Dr. Bjelac states that a baby suffering from a food intolerance may find it easier to avoid certain foods than a child with an allergy.

How do you tell the difference?

An immune system attack is not a food intolerance. A food intolerance can also be called food sensitivity. Your baby may have difficulty digesting certain enzymes. Intestinal symptoms include:

An immune response to food is called a food allergy. When your body misunderstands certain foods as dangerous invaders, you have a food allergy. The immune system will rally the troops to eliminate it. This is known as an allergic reaction. This is your body's way of overcompensating for a threat. The following symptoms are indicative of allergic reactions:

An allergy to food can lead to serious health problems, including death. Although it can cause discomfort for baby, and be distressing to parents, a food intolerance is not considered an emergency.

You may find it beneficial to cut back on the food you are giving your child if they suffer from a food intolerance. This is because food intolerances are often triggered by small amounts of food exposure.

Dr. Bjelac explained that the amount of protein required to cause a food intolerance or digestion problem is much smaller than what it would to create an allergic reaction. You can make changes to your diet for babies with intolerance.

Soy milk and cow's dairy are the most frequent sources of intolerance for babies. Pro tip: You may be asked by your doctor to reduce or eliminate the intake of cow's cheese from your child's diet. You don't have to avoid milks such as almond milk or coconut milk in all cases.

What is the best time to see a doctor?

Don't be afraid to seek out a medical professional if your concerns are related to food intolerance or allergies.

Some babies can be fussy. Babies can sometimes be gassy. Sometimes, babies cry," Dr. Bjelac says. Dr. Bjelac says that not everything is connected to their diet and it is very rare for them to be related to mom's eating habits. However, a doctor's opinion may give you the assurance and guidance to ensure your child is healthy and happy.