Post # 1
Did you do it and how bad was it? I am an exclusive pumper but also have to supplement with formula. Baby probably gets 70/30 breast milk and formula. My baby has eczema and reflux and is falling behind her growth curve in height and weight. We are on Zantac three times a day since last week. They also had us switch formulas to the Alimentum. Her irritability after meals is a lot better. Spit up has been back to the normal amount. She is a little worse the past few days but I think she’s not feeling well after she got her shots. So doctor thinks it may be a milk/soy allergy causing the eczema and reflux and decrease in weight gain. Doctor wants me to give up milk and soy and beef. I looked into it and I don’t know if I can do it. Reading labels I found out that almost everything I eat has some form of milk or soy. I feel like I will be miserable on that diet. I am thinking of giving up on giving her breast milk if that’s the case but not without guilt because she’s only 2 months old. I wanted to go until she was 6 months. I’d like to hear your experiences with giving up milk and soy in your diet.
Right now I switched her to just the Alimentum and am banking my breastmilk even though I haven’t started the diet changes. They aren’t for sure if she’s allergic to both and I want to confirm she gets better on that before I start the way restrictive diet.
Post # 2
No advice but you could check out the MSPI threads over on Hellobee as there’s a few Mamas over there who are dealing with it – here’s the link:
Post # 3
I had to give up dairy, gluten, oranges and paprika. For my LO, he wasn’t allergic, but his stomach was sensitive to those things and it gave him colic.
It was hard when I started reading labels too. I had to cook from scratch a lot. I recommend looking into the Paleo diet bc their recipes will naturally follow that diet. Also, check out Elana’s Pantry. www.elanaspantry.com
I found new products that I really like. I found that I really enjoyed almond milk. Udis bread is the best gluten/dairy/soy free bread. Its found in Whole Foods and Trader Joes.
Post # 4
I had to. It gets easier with practice! There are all sorts of foods you can have but it takes some work to get used to the diet. But overall I found it totally do-able. I found many foods and recipes online, including brand names and where to find them. The 2 hardest parts were giving up cheese and trying to eat at restaurants. The most helpful site for me was MSPImama.com. Two life-saving grocery items for me were Jillian’s breadcrumbs and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. Good luck and remember it is only temporary!
Post # 5
I experimented with vegainsm and vegetarianism throughout the years, and giving up milk and soy isn’t too tough. The real key is to eat whole, nonprocessed foods. They add soy in processing of a lot of thngs, that’s true, but not to whole foods. For four months, it wouldn’t be too bad, and knowing there’s an end should help!
The real problem with not doing so, is that if she actually has a sensitivity later on, you’ll have to feed her those foods, and you won’t be familiar with it.
Post # 6
My daughter’s pediatrician said less than 3% do not outgrow it. And in most cases milk and soy can be introduced back before first birthday.
Post # 7
heathaah: I’m the 3% that stayed allergic to milk. So my daughter will probalby also be inclined. Apparently not giving any the first year is supposed to help them not get allergies to it (though avoiding peanuts during pregnancy increased odds, idk). I would imagine Soy might be hard to give up just because it’s in everything. Like salad dressings and things.
With milk though- one pretty helpful thing is Koser Laws. So parve means ‘no milk or meat’. WIth lots of processed foods if you find “parve” on the corner it doesn’t have dairy. Some Duncan Hines cake mixes for instance are parve, but others aren’t. It helps for quick comparrisons.
Post # 8
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We are soy, grain, and legume free. We could easily give up dairy, but good quality, aged, full fat dairy is beneficial for the issues we are addressing through food changes. Keep a food diary to monitor what you eat. You can eliminate everything the ped suggested from your diet for 3-4 weeks. If LO starts doing better, slowly incorporate 1 thing at a time back in to find the culprit(s).
The trick is to cook from scratch. Shop the exterior walls of your grocery store and make sure that the vast majority of your ingredients come from there. Look for paleo recipes, as they would be a good fit for your needs. Just ignore the ones that are beef-based. Or maybe substitute bison or venison for the beef in those recipes. The other trick is to cook in advance and freeze things, so that you always have something easy to grab when necessary. Right now I have 2 dozen turkey burgers (3 different varieties) sitting in my freezer. I can just pull a few out the night before, allow them to defrost in the fridge, and cook them up for an easy dinner when I’m feeling lazy. I also keep frozen batches of homemade soups and chilis for nights when I don’t want to cook. Put the bag of frozen chili under cold running water until it starts to loosen up, dump it into a pot on low-medium, warm, and serve. Just make sure to cook another batch the following weekend to replenish your stash.
Here’s what a normal daily menu in our house looks like:
Breakfast- spiced pork, turkey, and apple skillet (I made a batch last night that will be 2 days worth of breakfast servings, and I’ll make another breakfast dish on Tuesday night to give us another few mornings of breakfasts)
Lunch- zucchini and bison burger patty with leftover veggies (today that’s asian style parsnip “noodles” and a greenbean salad)
Dinner- smoked shrimp with a lime-cilantro cucumber salad and roasted brussel sprouts
Post # 9
I had a very similiar situation, except my daughter would be up all night. I gave up Milk, Soy, and nuts. I was also an exclusive pumper that supplmented. We don’t have a ton of milk so I just eliminated soy milk, and lattes (it was awful)!! I was able to eat dairy cooked, and so was my daughter, so pancakes, cookies, etc. were fin My daughter is now at 21 months starting to eat cheese. Just try it, but I will say when I changed my diet it was like she was a completely different baby. It was very much worth it.
Also check with your health insurance they may cover the specialty formula. Ours did it was great but we did Nutramigen…. apparently it tastes better?
Post # 10
You can do this. With DD, I had to stop dairy as well as cruciferous vegetables since they made her very upset. On top of that, I was already on a gluten-free diet because of my own intolerances. It left me on a diet of fruit, veggies and meat, with some grain. But I discovered the paleo diet and great recipes, great ways to replace dairy in my diet.. Meals can be delicious and healthy, it’s just a matter of changing your habits. Make it a challenge to discover new foods and this cange can actually get exciting for you. 🙂
Post # 11
I totally give up dairy when I BF my son. It was hard, but I was just careful and he was much happier when I have it up!