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Advice For Peanut Consumption During Pregnancy

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In August 2009, the Government revised its advice to consumers about eating peanuts during pregnancy, breastfeeding and the first few years of life, in relation to the risk of developing peanut allergy in childhood.

The Welsh Assembly Government and Food Standards Agency Wales now advise that:

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* Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers can choose to eat peanuts or foods containing peanuts, whether or not they have a family history of allergies.

* Mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies up to 6 months. If mothers choose to start giving solid foods earlier, they should not introduce peanuts or other nuts, seeds, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, shellfish (or foods containing these) until after 6 months.

* Where a child has a known allergy, or if there is a history of allergy in a child's immediate family, mothers should talk to their GP, Health Visitor or medical allergy specialist.