Intolerance to breast milk? Here’s what can cause it. Breast milk is rich in nutrients that nourish and protect the baby. It is an extraordinary food, the most recommendable for the newborn precisely because of its perfect composition to its needs. It is difficult to think that intolerance to breast milk may exist, yet, even if rarely, it may happen that the infant shows particular symptomatology after taking it.
What is it about? And how does it manifest? Although very rare cases, we tried to understand what such a reaction can be associated with and what, in fact, can disturb the newborn.
This is not a real allergy, but intolerance to breast milk that could depend on a reaction to some proteins coming from the mother’s diet. Traces of the latter pass in fact into the mother’s milk and, given the immaturity of the immune system of the newborn, trigger adverse reactions in him because they are unable to recognize them and therefore tolerate them. These proteins are recognized by the newborn as harmful so that the immune system starts producing antibodies (IgE or immunoglobulin E) in order to fight and neutralize the “enemy”.
Following a subsequent contact with these proteins, the antibodies recognize them and signal them to the immune system that releases histamine and other substances responsible for the symptoms. Every time, therefore, that the newborn will come into contact with these proteins, will manifest a series of symptoms, sometimes not understood.
Symptoms indicating the possibility of the child manifesting intolerance to breast milk may be as follows:
– Change in stool consistency
– Swelling, flatulence and abdominal pain
– Irritability and agitation
– Cutaneous manifestations such as eczema, urticaria
– Redness in the anal area and in the diaper area
– Poor growth.
All this with consequent inconsolable crying.
Making a precise diagnosis is not easy since, being very common reactions, they could be underestimated as they are confused with trivial passenger disturbances.
Here’s how to behave:
-First, you should not stop breastfeeding
-Do not underestimate the symptoms if they persist for several days
-Keep in mind that if both parents have food allergies. It is much more likely that the child will also develop.
-Contact a pediatrician or an allergist and. If the symptoms are deemed to be allergic in nature. It is advisable for the mother to change his diet by excluding foods that the doctor considers to be suspicious.
-The alimentary diet influences the mother’s milk and, for this reason. It must be checked to try to maintain the right nutritional values necessary for adequate breastfeeding.
-It is good to remember that it is not a matter of intolerance to breast milk. But of possible allergies to proteins derived from the mother’s diet.
-Therefore, paying close attention to what we eat, at this stage, once the “toxic” foods are recognized. And eliminated, the mother’s milk will once again become the favorite and perfect food for every newborn.