Breastfeeding Through Infant Food Allergies
Having a baby is such a joyful and heart-exploding experience. You and your loved ones finally get to hold them after a long 9 months of waiting. Suddenly nothing else in the world is more important than the health and happiness of your little bundle.
You’d do anything to keep them from harm and give them the best that this world has to offer.
Then you find out you’ll have to drastically change your diet because your baby has infant food allergies or intolerances. At first, you go back to that mentality of, “I’ll do anything to help my baby.”
Then you start reading labels...
Your kitchen is now empty and you're breastfeeding, so of course, you’re hungry all the time. Now on top of having a baby, maybe other kids too, you’re also dealing with a major diet overhaul.
So, you turn to every new parent's best friend: Google. You want the research and science-based facts on what to do to give you and your baby some relief.
This is how Free to Feed was found.
Dr. Trill, a molecular biologist, has two daughters that had severe infant food allergies. By the time she had her second, she was extremely disappointed to find that this issue wasn’t being researched. So she took it upon herself to create a space filled with accurate information and empathy for those breastfeeding infants with food allergies.
Free to Feed's mission runs on three main principles: Educate, Inspire, & Empower Food Allergy Families!
From the lack of research, resources, and support, to the fast-food world we live in – what we’re doing matters and we’re glad you’re here with us.
1. There Is a Lack of Research on Infant Food Allergies or Intolerances
If you’ve been to the pediatrician’s office again and again only to get the same wishy-washy answers – then you know how frustrating it is to find answers for you and your baby.
If you’ve already had a baby then you know the lack of research on this topic. If this is your first baby then you’re likely struggling to find solid answers for all your questions.
Does my baby need to see a pediatric GI specialist?
Do I take them to see an allergist?
Does this cause long-term damage to my baby?
Why do infant food allergies or intolerances happen?
Even in specialty areas for infants, it can be challenging to find the right food triggers and answers for your baby.
This is one reason why Free to Feed’s mission is so essential. There is not enough medical research about infant food intolerances or allergies.
But Free to Feed is changing that.
We’re happy to say Dr. Trill is currently conducting the first study looking at cow’s milk and soy protein at different doses in breastmilk!
This is exciting on so many levels. These studies will give her information on how long both, dairy and soy proteins are lasting in breastmilk. It’s also helping her develop the first-ever Freedom strips for breastfeeding mothers with babies that have food allergies or intolerances. Freedom strips will allow mothers to test their breastmilk in real-time for certain proteins present!
Have you ever seen the alcohol breastmilk strips where you can test your milk to be sure it’s safe after having a drink or two? It works similarly but with proteins found in the breastmilk that could be causing your baby symptoms. Freedom strips will be more valuable as time goes on since the number of infant allergies is growing.
2. The Number of Infant Allergies Is on the Rise
Free to Feed is taking on a serious, important mission to help mothers breastfeeding infants with food allergies or intolerances. There are two main types of infant allergies: IgE and non-IgE. Read more on the difference on our blog What You Need to Know About Infant Food Allergies.
The amount of infant IgE-mediated food allergies has followed a significant increase in recent decades. This particular study only mentions IgE-mediated allergies, which is not as common as non-IgE.
In a study with almost 3000 infants, it was found that more than 10% of 1-year old infants had challenge proven IgE-mediated food allergies to one of the most common foods infants are allergic to. Challenge proven means these infants were part of an oral food challenge after a skink-prick test showed a sensitivity of a protein.  So, they ate certain food proteins, and a reaction was noted – proving an allergic reaction to those food proteins.