HomeMythbuster – Can avoiding allergenic foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding prevent food allergy in your baby?

Mythbuster – Can avoiding allergenic foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding prevent food allergy in your baby?

June 23, 2020

FACT: Women do not need to avoid certain allergenic foods during pregnancy or breastfeeding according to current research. There is no evidence that avoidance prevents food allergy in babies. 

Bottom line: Research does not support avoiding allergenic foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding to prevent food allergy in babies. 

Learn more about breastfeeding in our Ask the allergist with Dr. Julia Upton. If you have concerns about food allergy and breastfeeding, please speak with an allergist. 

Have questions on early introduction of allergens to babies, during COVID-19 and in general? Check out our early introduction section, and the CPS guidance on early introduction during the pandemic.


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Content is based on information included in our Food allergy myths webinar by Dr. Susan Waserman, MSc, MD, FRCPC.

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