April 23, 2010

Great inspirational story

Linked here is a great inspirational story regarding breastfeeding and food allergies.

Yes, you can figure out what your baby is allergic to via an elimination diet!

Yes, the diet is hard!

Yes, the bond that nursing provides and the nutrition of breastmilk is worth it!

April 5, 2010

Introducing Yogurt

As far as I know, baby E is not allergic to cow's milk protein. However, she has never been exposed to it either. I eliminated milk, eggs, and peanuts/nuts from my diet in my 8th month of pregnancy. And then I never added it back. At 3 weeks of age I learned that baby E was sensitive to soy milk in my breast milk. It caused her to have stomach pains and spit-up. Knowing that 30% of individuals with milk allergy also have a soy allergy, I decided not to try cow's milk at all.

Well baby E is now 8 months old. She has been eating rice cereal since 5 months and fruits/veggies since 6 months. She loves food! I felt like it was time to challenge her with both soy and milk again and look for any sensitivities. However, I wanted to give it to her instead of eating it myself. I figured that if she had a reaction it would show up quicker than if she had gotten the milk via breast milk and the reaction would be more pronounced making it easier to identify. So over the past week I have been giving her about 1 tablespoon of cow's milk yogurt each day with her lunch. We are at day 6 with no reactions, no problems, and no changes in the appearance of her poop or skin. I am hopeful that she will continue to tolerate cow's milk protein as I look forward to eating pizza again.

I will challenge her with soy products next month.