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Old 11-28-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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Dairy Elimination

I have internet diagnosed my baby as having a milk protien intolerance! Kidding--but really, he's got a constellation of symptoms that are nagging and slightly bothersome that does seem to suggest that my eliminating dairy may help.

So, because I'll do anything for him, I'm going to cut out dairy and see if that helps. He is always congested and for a while I thought it was a cold but it's been going on for weeks. He has eczema. He is frequently constipated and uncomfortable and once he does poop it's putrid. I rarely get that seedy mustard poop anymore. He sleeps ok at night but is really restless and kicks his legs/bangs them on the mattress and he is a terrible napper. He also gets a red, flushed looking face after I feed him and lately it's been spreading to his tummy.

Anyone else get rid of dairy? Why? Did it help?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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My now 3 yr old was the same as your LO and I cut out dairy and he was much better. He no longer had bad poops, bad excema, or was gassy and in pain. He turned out to have more allergies that would cause the excema to come back, but cutting out dairy was the biggest benefit for him. I did not eat a single food with caesin or whey in it, including magerine or butter. I was very careful and it was hard, but more than worth it.
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I cut out dairy I think around two weeks pp because LO was vomiting, had rashes and was wheezy. Now I'm trying to cut out soy which I'm finding harder. Even If I eat any manufactured bread or cold cuts my baby girl pukes has gross poops and is generally unhappy. There's just too much chance of cross contamination so I stay clear now especially after thanksgiving. I made my own dairy free stuffing and the baby got really sick. That or maybe my turkey had whey it and I didn't know. Some of the turkeys I saw had whey in them but the one I bought had natural flavoring whatever that is. I've learned that there's milk in things there it doesn't belong and you can't eat anything without reading all ingredients first. Also just because its lactose free doesn't mean it's dairy free and products don't always list milk and soy in bold print under allergies. My family doesn't understand. My mother in law told me just to buy premade pie crusts for thanksgiving when I told here I couldn't have butter. What does she thinks in the pillsburry lol. I was actually thinking it would be nice if we had some sort of elimination diet thread that was permanent here in the breast feeding support forum but I didn't know how to go about doing it. Oh also my favorite dairy free recipe resource is godairyfree.org and Wegmans has some good ideas to but you have to double check Wegmans because they're listed as lactose free.
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we're dairy free for silent reflux and it has made a huge difference. I've been using a lot of paleo recipes because they are dairy, grain and soy free. I think I'm going to have to give up gluten too. That will be so much harder than the dairy.
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My son also has silent reflux. We've been giving him some medication his pediatrician prescribed. I stopped consuming dairy for about three weeks to see if it helped, but I didn't see a difference in that time. I then decided to try dairy again (a splash of milk in my tea), and boy it messed him up big time. He was crying and fussy all the next three days. I felt so bad! Now it's back to no dairy again. I miss eating yogurt and drinking milk everyday, but what is a mom to do. He's doing a bit better with his medication, but he's still having gas issues.


Does anyone know if goat milk causes problems too? I bought some and put a teeny tiny amount in my tea, but then got scared and only had a sip. Lol. I just don't want to upset his tummy again.

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My son also has silent reflux. We've been giving him some medication his pediatrician prescribed. I stopped consuming dairy for about three weeks to see if it helped, but I didn't see a difference in that time. I then decided to try dairy again (a splash of milk in my tea), and boy it messed him up big time. He was crying and fussy all the next three days. I felt so bad! Now it's back to no dairy again. I miss eating yogurt and drinking milk everyday, but what is a mom to do. He's doing a bit better with his medication, but he's still having gas issues.

Does anyone know if goat milk causes problems too? I bought some and put a teeny tiny amount in my tea, but then got scared and only had a sip. Lol. I just don't want to upset his tummy again.
My Ped told me to avoid goat milk too because its still a foreign protein. My daughter is allergic to milk and soy and takes pepsid everyday for her gerd but her milk allergy in severe and even cross contamination upsets her. Maybe check with your Ped or a LC. I know Wic told me that might be able to add back some dairy or goats cheese when the baby was about ten months for for now to steer clear. I miss milk too but you know what I don't think my body does. My skin has cleared up and my chronic constipation is resolving itself. I'm actually considering staying dairy free forever lol. They sell coconut yogurt but I haven't tried it bc it's pricy but my whole family is loving the almond milk. Maybe you could try that in your tea.
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My son also has silent reflux. We've been giving him some medication his pediatrician prescribed. I stopped consuming dairy for about three weeks to see if it helped, but I didn't see a difference in that time. I then decided to try dairy again (a splash of milk in my tea), and boy it messed him up big time. He was crying and fussy all the next three days. I felt so bad! Now it's back to no dairy again. I miss eating yogurt and drinking milk everyday, but what is a mom to do. He's doing a bit better with his medication, but he's still having gas issues.

Does anyone know if goat milk causes problems too? I bought some and put a teeny tiny amount in my tea, but then got scared and only had a sip. Lol. I just don't want to upset his tummy again.
Just curious. When you cut dairy did you cut all dairy?
There is dairy in just about everything and it takes up to 3 weeks to leave your systems.

Even the smallest amount of whey or milk products can cause a problem

Check out
http://www.kellymom.com/store/freeha...en-dairy01.pdf

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Just curious. When you cut dairy did you cut all dairy?
There is dairy in just about everything and it takes up to 3 weeks to leave your systems.

Even the smallest amount of whey%2
I gave up ALL dairy. Even things with whey. I had to buy my food at whole foods in the dairy free section. If it had the slightest of caesin or whey in it DS would get excema and gass so bad.
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I cut out dairy I think around two weeks pp because LO was vomiting, had rashes and was wheezy. Now I'm trying to cut out soy which I'm finding harder. Even If I eat any manufactured bread or cold cuts my baby girl pukes has gross poops and is generally unhappy. There's just too much chance of cross contamination so I stay clear now especially after thanksgiving. I made my own dairy free stuffing and the baby got really sick. That or maybe my turkey had whey it and I didn't know. Some of the turkeys I saw had whey in them but the one I bought had natural flavoring whatever that is. I've learned that there's milk in things there it doesn't belong and you can't eat anything without reading all ingredients first. Also just because its lactose free doesn't mean it's dairy free and products don't always list milk and soy in bold print under allergies. My family doesn't understand. My mother in law told me just to buy premade pie crusts for thanksgiving when I told here I couldn't have butter. What does she thinks in the pillsburry lol. I was actually thinking it would be nice if we had some sort of elimination diet thread that was permanent here in the breast feeding support forum but I didn't know how to go about doing it. Oh also my favorite dairy free recipe resource is godairyfree.org and Wegmans has some good ideas to but you have to double check Wegmans because they're listed as lactose free.
I have a friend is planning on starting a support group for moms having to eliminate things from their diet. We are both dairy soy and egg free at the moment and she helped me get started as well as helped with meal suggestions.

Although my LOs symptoms were not as intense I recently eliminated dairy soy and eggs and it seems to be helping significantly. I suspect it is dairy but read something like 50% of babies with dairy sensitivity/allergy also have issue with soy so I cut both out to try to help my dd faster.
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I have a friend is planning on starting a support group for moms having to eliminate things from their diet. We are both dairy soy and egg free at the moment and she helped me get started as well as helped with meal suggestions.

Although my LOs symptoms were not as intense I recently eliminated dairy soy and eggs and it seems to be helping significantly. I suspect it is dairy but read something like 50% of babies with dairy sensitivity/allergy also have issue with soy so I cut both out to try to help my dd faster.
A support group would be great. I tried starting a dairy free/ soy free recipe thread, but it didn't go very far. I think I might have to go egg free too. Something is still giving LO rashes. That or tuna fish. I ate eggs for breakfast the other day and tuna for lunch so I'm not sure what the culprit is. The Ped told me though that the egg issue could be caused from the chickens being fed soy. Ugh milk & soy are ruining my life. Not really though because this diet has helped my own IBS issue tremendously.
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