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allergic baby + breastfeeding = hungry mama

My 5 month old baby is allergic to something, and we don't know what, so in order to continue breastfeeding I got a long list of things I cannot eat: dairy, eggs, soy, nuts, seafood, lecithin, whey, casein, and wheat. Weaning isn't really an option although I am very sad because 1) I really really REALLY love dairy products, and 2) 99% of the food I like contains soy and/or wheat in some form. Anyone on the "breastfeeding elimination diet"? What do you eat? How do you handle it? Even the "first foods" rice cereal for babies has soy protein in it, it's ridiculous!

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soflashelley

Asked by soflashelley at 12:00 AM on Mar. 17, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • google "allergy free cooking". as for rice cereal you can make your own http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/cereals.htm
    Lynette

    Answer by Lynette at 12:15 AM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • http://www.babiesonline.com/articles/baby/eliminationdiet.asp

    This is a link that will help you with things to eat.
    jem01b

    Answer by jem01b at 12:15 AM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • I'm guessing you need some support right now. You are doing something wonderful for your baby, I know it's hard. Here is a group you may like on cafemom, all the ladies there will fully support breastfeeding in your situation. No one will sugest formula http://www.cafemom.com/group/bmaf
    Lynette

    Answer by Lynette at 12:29 AM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Sometimes what looks like a food sensitivity can actually be an oversupply of milk, foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Be sure that you rule this out FIRST: http://www.llli.org/FAQ/oversupply.html


    "the excess lactose causes gassiness and discomfort, and frequently green, watery or foamy stools. Over time, large amounts of undigested lactose can irritate the lining of the intestines so that even a little bit passing through can cause irritation. Occasionally, this can result in small amounts of bleeding into stools that can be misdiagnosed as a food allergy."

    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 11:41 AM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Ruled out excess foremilk? Then check out: Breastfeeding and Eating Dairy Free http://www.beanmom.com/nomilk.html


    and


    "Allergies and the Breastfeeding Family" http://llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVAugSep97p75.html

    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 11:44 AM on Mar. 17, 2009

  • Did you eliminate all those foods you listed at once? When we thought our son had allergies, I cut out one thing at a time for a week at a time. Nothing worked. What type of symptoms does he have? Is he spitting up, it could be gas or reflux.
    marbear98

    Answer by marbear98 at 3:07 PM on Mar. 18, 2009

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