Going Dairy Free
I posted about Val’s new sleep schedule last week and I think its also due to another new development…my decision to eliminate dairy from my diet.
It could be total coincidence, or maybe it really is a reaction, but I started seeing an instant red rash all over Val’s face when I was nursing her. It would come on as soon as she started to feed and then totally vanish when she was done. So weird. At first I figured it was baby acne. I remember G having a bit on her face around the same age. Val is seven weeks.
And then, she was gassy. Gassy enough that she wanted to be latched on to me nursing constantly. I would try lying her down once she fell asleep and then within five minutes or less she was stirring and then awake! At night this would go on for hours until she finally was just too tired. She wouldn’t sleep for very long stretches either. Maybe a couple of hours of so. I felt so bad, I could see her little body scrunching up with gas pain.
Now, if you don’t like poop talk don’t read past here.
Breastfed babies have a mustardy, seedy looking poop, most of the time. Val’s poop started getting green and mucus-y. As the days went on I just couldn’t understand the rash and the poop. Green poop isn’t really alarming in breastfeeding babies as they can really have several different colors of poop. But, I wanted to see if something was up.
I started tweeting out questions about both with the #breastfeeding hastag and another twitter/mom friend of mine who also has a newborn said her son was exhibiting the same types of symptoms and she had read that it could be from too much lactose. I went to one of my favorite sites, KellyMom.com, and did a bit of “middle of the night feeding” reading and research. Here is what I found…
Breastfed babies who are sensitive to dairy in mom’s diet are sensitive to specific cow’s milk antibodies, in the form of proteins (not lactose), which pass into the mother’s milk. Cow’s milk (either in the mother’s diet or engineered into formula) is a common source of food sensitivity in babies. Cow’s milk sensitivity or allergy can cause colic-like symptoms, eczema, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea), constipation, hives, and/or a stuffy, itchy nose.
So, based on that I decided to do my own experiment. I eliminated dairy from my diet. So far, its been one week and I’ve seen no greenish stool, no face rash while nursing and her sleep has total done a 180. I even spoke to the pediatrician who said if you think that is what it is then go with it. Whatever is making both me and baby happy is a win. She said it could be a dairy sensitivity passed though me, and if it is it won’t be forever and that Val would eventually just grow out of it and I could gradually start reintroducing dairy into my diet.
I had one slice of cheese on Friday as an experiment and sure enough the red rashy face returned during a feeding shortly after.
Honestly, I feel better too, but damn I do miss my cheese. I ate a TON of dairy before. Yogurt, cheese, milk, crackers, ice cream, and all in one day. Basically dairy binging. 🙂
Now, I’m into almond milk, but there is no replacement for cheese so…
Have you ever had your breastfeeding baby have a reaction like this?