Did your breastfed children develop allergies?
My DD will be having my first grandchild in July, and hopes to breasteed. During a discussion with her MIL, she learned that her MIL was unable to breastfeed any of her children. The funny thing is, all 3 of MIL's formula fed children have no allergies at all and are not asthmatic. My 3 breastfed children all have multiple allergies (some life threatening) and all 3 needed to be on inhalers whenever they got a cold when they were young.
My children also got all the usual childhood colds and illnesses as their non-breastfed friends. So It seems like my 1 year of breastfeeding each child did nothing to avert allergies or illness.
I am a healthy eater, have no allergies myself, and have never had asthma. I did not eat possible trigger food such as shrimp or peanuts during pregnancy or breastfeeding. I was never knowingly exposed to anything toxic during pregancy, such as pesticides. So I was disappointed that breastfeeding provided no benefit healthwise to my children, although I certainly loved the bonding and financial savings it offered. I'm curious to know how many of you have children with multiple allergies, and whether or not they were breastfed.