MS, RD, LDN, CSSD, CBS
Rachel holds a Master’s in Nutrition Communication from Tufts University and is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She works as a nutrition and wellness coach with focuses on infant and maternal nutrition, and mindful eating.
During the first 1,000 days it’s important to eat a variety of foods that will encourage taste development as well as provide the gamut of nutrients needed for health. Yet working around your own allergies, or feeding a child with them, can be an overwhelming and time-consuming task. Thankfully, with allergy awareness on the rise, there is heightened education, regulation, and labeling to help you navigate food choices.
The primary goal is to be your own detective, read labels,
and make inquiries at restaurants or other events involving food. Allergens can
be hidden in coatings, thickeners, spices, natural flavors, and other ingredients
found in fresh, frozen, refrigerated, and shelf-stable foods. Preparing meals and snacks at home can help
you maintain control over food sources and help prevent cross-contamination.
This meal plan is created for women who are truly allergic, or who are breastfeeding and need to undergo an elimination diet to determine what foods their infant may have an intolerance or allergy to. Taking these foods out during pregnancy or breastfeeding, if not warranted, may actually promote intolerance in your infant as complete avoidance will prevent the immune system from learning that these foods are not actually harmful. If you are breastfeeding and your infant is showing symptoms of allergy or intolerance, and you have discussed the issue with your and/or your infant’s healthcare provider (HCP), this meal plan may be used to eliminate the major allergens.
This diet can be tricky. Make sure to work closely with your HCP as he or she knows what is best for you and your baby. To determine which foods were not tolerated by your baby, your HCP may have you add these foods back into your diet one at a time after they have been eliminated for 2-4 weeks, or until your infant stops having symptoms.
Choosing meals and snacks from the below listed options will
help eliminate major allergens (dairy, soy, eggs, gluten, and peanuts) while
helping you maintain adequate nutrient intake.
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