Making Infant Feeding of Common Allergens Practical


Infant feeding advice was turned on its head after the publish of the Learning Early About Peanut allergy study in 2015 which showed up to an 86% reduction in peanut allergy among high-risk infants who ate peanut foods early and often in the first year of life. Following the study’s publication, international recommendations for feeding infants changed to encourage peanut consumption, including the latest iteration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. However, more than half a decade later, research shows uptake of this advice has been low and slow among both healthcare providers and caregivers. Moreover, research has shown that black children and low-income families are at higher risk and disproportionately impacted by food allergy. In this session, a pediatric allergist and registered dietitian discuss the latest research, national guidelines, common barriers to implementation, opportunities for community and public health nutrition interventions, and practical tips for helping families incorporate commonly allergenic foods into infant diets to prevent food allergies.

Learning Objectives

use the latest guidelines for feeding of common allergens during infancy to to maximize the prevention of food allergies in their patients and clients.

identify and overcome common barriers to early and frequent feeding of common allergens during infancy among HCP and caregivers.

use practical infant feeding recommendations and dependable tools to reduce parental fear around infant feeding and educate families and HCPs to maximize food allergy prevention.

Performance Indicators

8.1 Interprets and applies current food and nutrition science in nutrition and dietetics practice

6.2 Collects and interprets research data to advance knowledge and practice, and to enhance effectiveness of services

8.2 Applies current knowledge and skill in the management of a variety of diseases and clinical conditions


Sherry Coleman Collins


Southern Fried Nutrition

Malina Malkani

Author, Media Dietitian in Private Practice, Nutrition & Communications Consultant & Speaker

Malina Malkani Nutrition

Michael Pistiner

Director of Food Allergy Advocacy, Education and Prevention

MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School


Sherry Coleman Collins


Southern Fried Nutrition

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