question is not easy to answer
as we lack data on gliadin
(gluten protein) levels in breast
milk of mothers who have proven
One study (Chirdo
FG et al Scand J Gastroenterol
high levels of gliadin and antibodies
to it in breast milk of non-celiac
mothers. Three days of a gluten-free
diet did not lower the levels
of gliadin in the milk of 6 mothers.
One mother with proven celiac
disease on a gluten free diet
had no measurable levels of gliadin
in her milk.
other studies have demonstrated
that breast feeding actually protects
babies from celiac disease, so
in this case, another, more common
cause of bloody diarrhea in the
baby in question needs to be found.
I suggest that you take the baby
to a pediatric gastroenterologist
to disclose the cause and arrive
at specific treatment.
we do know is that the baby has
only a 10% chance of getting the
disease if either parent has it,
and that the introduction of gluten
in the diet before four months
will lead to an increase in tissue
transglutaminase, but that usually
does not translate into major
disease until development becomes
more obvious, and will present
as behavioral abnormalities such
as learning disorders, neurological
problems such as seizures, and
decreased weight for height.
bloody diarrhea at five weeks
is not celiac disease.
Health and happiness,
Dr. Aron, JULY