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Leigh Anne O'Connor
Lactation Specialist

Peanuts And Breastfeeding?

Can I eat peanut butter while breastfeeding?

Yep, as long as there’s no history of peanut allergies in your family, you can feel free to eat peanut butter and other peanut products.

In the past, some healthcare professionals advised breastfeeding moms to avoid peanut butter, theorizing that a baby might be exposed to peanut proteins via breastfeeding, and that the early exposure to peanuts might set the baby up for a peanut allergy later in life. But no research has shown that babes of moms who eat peanuts or peanut butter are at increased risk of peanut allergy. So if you like peanut butter, enjoy!

But if peanut allergies run in your baby’s family, tread lightly. “Have a little bit and keep a food diary,” says Leigh Anne O’Connor, IBCLC, a lactation consultant in private practice in New York. “If your baby reacts poorly — if he develops  vomiting or  rashes on the face or bottom — after nursing after you’ve had peanuts, discontinue peanuts for the time being.”

If you suspect baby has any kind of food allergy or intolerance, see a lactation consultant or pediatrician. They can help you stick to a diet that’s healthy for you and your baby.

More from The Bump:

5 Foods to Avoid When Breastfeeding

Allergies in Babies

How to Eat Healthy While Breastfeeding