Understanding and Managing Allergies in a Breastfeeding Context

The New Age of Allergies

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Breastfeeding Works

Even With Allergies

Recognise

How to Recognise Allergies in Mothers and Babies


Impact

Understand the Impact of Allergies on Feeding


Persistence

Why it is Worth Persisting with Breastfeeding


Future

Explore the Short and Long Term Aspects of Living with Allergies

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Confusion

If ever there was a more confusing problem for mothers and clinicians alike, it is recognising the role allergies play within a breastfeeding context.
Along with the confusion is a tremendous amount of frustration and downright desperation for many of those unfortunate enough to be affected. Despite their common, everyday frequency now, allergies are almost an undiscovered country in modern life.

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Help

Allergic mothers and babies can present to their doctors, lactation consultants, midwives and other practitioners in so many different ways:
• painful breastfeeds
• unsettled babies
• vomiting babies
• babies who struggle to attach and feed
• babies who ‘wrestle’ with their mothers throughout breastfeeds
• breast refusal
• babies with sleep problems
• babies who seem to gain weight poorly despite plenty of
nappy output
• skin rashes
• infant colic
• babies with gastric reflux

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Breastfeeding Works! Even with Allergies

This book is the first of its kind to explore these issues and to offer ways to recognise and deal with them. Its message is that it is not nearly as difficult to persist with breastfeeding and dietary modifications as it is to live with the consequences of using artificial feeding – in both the short and longer term.

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