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  • Writer's pictureDr. Amber Brooks

Breastfeeding and Celiac Disease

In my practice I see many children with gluten sensitivities and a growing number of them with celiac disease (CD). Many of us know all the benefits to breastfeeding such as improved immunity, less ear infections, allergies and new evidence suggests a decrease in risk of CD. One study found 52% decreased risk of CD among those infants breastfed at the time gluten was introduced. Just as with any other genetic disease you may carry the gene and it never express itself, for example approximately 30% of the population test positive for genes that lead to developing CD, but only 1% of them do. This means breastfeeding could provide protection delaying the onset or preventing CD from occurring at all.

The study also measured how long the infant was breastfed for and its correlation to decreased risk of CD. Mothers that breastfeed longer than 2 months had a 63% risk reduction as compared to those breastfed for less than two months. I often see mothers that struggle with breastfeeding but its good to know that even if you can breastfeed for the first few months you will be doing such a tremendous service to your child’s future health.

I often get asked, “Should I be gluten free while breastfeeding?” Those women with a confirmed allergy (IgG or IgE) should refrain from gluten, especially when pregnant and nursing. A study found that 54 of 80 healthy mothers on a normal, unrestricted diet had high levels of Gliadin (protein component of gluten) in their milk supply. For those that are not gluten intolerant it is best to watch your baby and look for signs of early sensitivity or intolerance such as vomiting, diarrhea, underweight, irritability, hand fisting, rashes and pulling their knees to their chest (sign of abdominal discomfort).

If you find any of these signs eliminate gluten from the diet for a month and see if you get resolution, if not consult with your doctor for additional help. It’s better to get help then to give up breastfeeding.

You can read the full article from Hayley Segal in GIG magazine.



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Dr. Amber Brooks FNP, CACCP, BCIP, DC is a pediatric expert bridging alternative and traditional

medicine by providing individualized and comprehensive approaches to pediatric wellness. Her experience is unique, as she is Board Certified in Integrative Pediatrics, Board Certified as a Pediatric Chiropractor, a Family Nurse Practitioner and Craniosacral Therapist.

Dr. Amber Brooks FNP, CACCP, BCIP,

Dr. Brooks FNP, CACCP, BCIP, DC has been extremely successful in assisting her patients in achieving optimal health and wellness by using the best integrative methods to help support their growing bodies. She provides traditional and alternative medicine for maximal health. Dr. Brooks has developed specialized methods to answer today's biggest pediatric health problems including allergies, constipation, chronic ear infections, birth trauma, developmental delays, digestive problems, Autism, ADD/ADHD, MTHFR, nutritional, and behavioral problems.

Dr. Amber Brooks FNP, CACCP, BCIP, DC has extensive experience solving complex pediatric and unique perspective of diagnosing the problem rather than treating the symptoms has led to 

remarkable results worldwide. Parents praise her current, yet practical, guidance to what a child is struggling with and tools to help the family improve their child's future health.

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