Last update: Nov. 22, 2019


Low Risk for breastfeeding

Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Planta herbácea leguminosa cuyas semillas se utilizan en la alimentación.

Contienen sustancias como la vicina y convicina, que son metabolizados a productos con potente acción oxidante y que pueden desencadenar crisis de anemia hemolítica al ser ingeridas por personas con cierto tipo de déficit de Glucosa-6-Fosfato-Deshidrogenasa (G6FD), por lo que esta enfermedad es conocida también como favismo (Belsey 1973).

Se han publicado numerosos casos de crisis hemolíticas graves en lactantes amamantados afectos de déficit de G6FD tras haber comido sus madres habas (Kaplan 1998, Schiliro 1979, Kattamis 1971, Taj-Eldin 1971, Emanuel 1961, Casper 1956),

Las madres lactantes con antecedentes personales o familiares de déficit de G6FD o con lactantes diagnosticados de esta enfermedad no deben comer habas.

Dada la alta prevalencia global del déficit de G6FD (Nkhoma 209), mayor en determinadas etnias, puede ser prudente recomendar de modo generalizado que las madres lactantes eviten comer habas (Wennberg 2017).

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Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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Fava is Fava bean in Catalan.

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  1. Wennberg RP, Watchko JF, Shapiro SM. Maternal Empowerment - An Underutilized Strategy to Prevent Kernicterus? Curr Pediatr Rev. 2017;13(3):210-219. Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  2. Nkhoma ET, Poole C, Vannappagari V, Hall SA, Beutler E. The global prevalence of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2009 May-Jun;42(3):267-78. Abstract
  3. Kaplan M, Vreman HJ, Hammerman C, Schimmel MS, Abrahamov A, Stevenson DK. Favism by proxy in nursing glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase-deficient neonates. J Perinatol. 1998 Nov-Dec;18(6 Pt 1):477-9. Abstract
  4. Schiliro G, Russo A, Curreri R, Marino S, Sciotto A, Russo G. Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency in Sicily. Incidence, biochemical characteristics and clinical implications. Clin Genet. 1979 Feb;15(2):183-8. Abstract
  5. Belsey MA. The epidemiology of favism. Bull World Health Organ. 1973;48(1):1-13. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  6. Kattamis C. Favism in breast-fed infants. Arch Dis Child. 1971 Oct;46(249):741. No abstract available. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Taj-Eldin S. Favism in breast-fed infants. Arch Dis Child. 1971 Feb;46(245):121-3. No abstract available. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  8. EMANUEL B, SCHOENFELD A. Favism in a nursing infant. J Pediatr. 1961 Feb;58:263-6. No abstract available. Abstract
  9. CASPER J, SHULMAN J. Bilateral cortical necrosis of the kidneys in an infant with favism. Am J Clin Pathol. 1956 Jan;26(1):42-7. No abstract available. Abstract

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