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Old 04-09-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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My best friend has 6ish month old who has been exclusively nursing since birth. Occasionally he'll take a bottle from her DH but it's rare (BM or formula). Poor kiddo has had awful cradle cap and the most awful rash on his cheeks. Awful to the point that its cracked,raw, and bleeding and keeping him up at night. Antibiotics temp. cleared it up but he can't keep taking those.

Recently she found out that he's allergic to dairy, wheat, and eggs. Doctor said he'd most likely grow out of it but "good luck" for now. She agonized over what to do and attempted to wean him since he'd be starting solids. Well, that's not going good. At all. Its been a few days and he just won't eat until she eventually gives in and nurses. Today he has barely eaten anything (maybe an ounce?) since 7am. She's at her wits end and said if he won't eat by tonight she's justgoing to change her diet and continue nursing. She's devastated at the thought of weaning; neither are ready.

Normally I'd say nursing is the obvious choice in this siutation, but eliminating those 3 groups from an adults diet can't be easy. She's been off dairy for almost 3 weeks already and said she'll slowly stop the other two.

Do any of you have any advice for her? Either ways to get baby to take a bottle and wean or easy ways to help her fix her diet and continue nursing without hurting her DS's face/skin even more. Thanks!

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Old 04-09-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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As a total carb-lover...I would change my diet in a second to continue nursing. I think that's the easiest thing, as hard as it is. What is she going to feed him when he's older if he doesn't grow out of these allergies? She could eat those foods.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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Just look up vegan/gluten free recipes. Its a big change but totally doable
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:14 PM   #4
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If she knows what the baby's likely allergies are, she has such a head start on getting his skin better by following an elimination diet and continuing to nurse him. It will be the very best thing for him.

It is a hard adjustment to live without certain foods for the good of your nursling. But she will probably find it gets a lot easier.

Dairy is probably the most common one for causing awful skin issues, and it is the one that persists in the body for the longest, so little slip ups are not good. She will need to read ingredients for prepared foods and watch for sneaky dairy ingredients, like whey, casein, etc. But there are lots of good dairy alternatives for cooking and baking, and even drinking, if she wants. Eggs--again, pretty easy to replace those in baking with EnerG Egg Replacer, or flax seeds, or several other ingredients. Gluten, IMO, is the toughest, but I think it's getting easier these days because people are more aware of gluten intolerance and Celiac disease, so there are more gluten free options out there.

She could start by just eating pretty basic whole foods that she prepares herself, like roasted or steamed vegetables, salads, fruits, beans, meats, etc.
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As a total carb-lover...I would change my diet in a second to continue nursing. I think that's the easiest thing, as hard as it is. What is she going to feed him when he's older if he doesn't grow out of these allergies? She could eat those foods.
I agree with this 100 %. It won't be easy,but it will be so worth it. Especially since some of those formulas cost upwards of $50 a day.
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As a total carb-lover...I would change my diet in a second to continue nursing. I think that's the easiest thing, as hard as it is. What is she going to feed him when he's older if he doesn't grow out of these allergies? She could eat those foods.
This. I had to cut out caffeine, dairy, and spicy foods to continue nursing DD and never thought twice about it. I do miss my favorite foods and drinks but it is SO worth it to be able to nurse DD.
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Between my own and my children's allergies, I often give up a dozen or more foods to continue breastfeeding. It is always hard at first, but knowing what foods are the problem is the hardest part. So, she's half way there.

I would give up the foods that are the problem. It can take 2-6 weeks for them to clear her system. In the mean time, contact her doctor and talk about doing an antihistamine to reduce the problems for her baby temporarily. A true allergy will respond positively to medication.
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I would definitely change my diet. There are lots of subs for dairy that help a lot. And vegan foods are easy to find at whole foods too my daughter without any food allergies didn't get into eating food until 10 months. (I started her at 6 months with homemade baby food)
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She'll need to change her diet a lot anyway on cooking for her baby so now would be a good time to start! whole foods has great vegan choices. She may learn to love the new options. My dd didn't get into really eating fooduntil 10 months, I started her at 6 months with homemade baby food- but she wasn't ready to move to food yet.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:58 PM   #10
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I have celiac disease, and have been gluten free for 3 years, dairy free (pregnancy induced dairy issues) for over a year. The gluten free was rough for the first couple months, but once you get used to it, it's totally worth it to feel better. And it gets easier. And I would be willing to bet it would clear up the skin problems! It's really just a matter of changing your perspective--you have to be a little more creative with food, and you can't do many pre-packaged things. As a mom, this sucks sometimes, I'll be honest. The best advice I can give is to try going gluten/dairy/egg free for a couple months. Plan ahead and freeze meals, and learn to love the crock pot! She may find out that she feels better without those ingredients too!

Again, it's hard. But it's TOTALLY doable, and totally worth it.

Sorry if this makes no sense. I have a 3 week old and a 15 month old so I'm a little sleep deprived .
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