(Closed) Breastfeeding moms: did you go dairy-free?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you cut out dairy during early breastfeeding?
    I ate dairy, and my baby was fine. : (13 votes)
    87 %
    I ate dairy, and my baby had colic. : (1 votes)
    7 %
    I cut out dairy, and my baby was fine. : (0 votes)
    I cut out dairy, and my baby had colic anyway. : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    @FreeRangeMom: I know an awful lot about this subject!  During my pregnancy I had plenty of dairy and that continued through the 1st four months of Cecilia’s life.  She had no colic, but we did give her probiotics which have been shown in studies to decrease the incidence of colic.

    However, at 4 and a half months she developed milk, soy protein intolerance (MSPI) and started pooping blood.  Now I have to eat completely dairy, soy, sesame and egg free due to her intolerances.  Oh my gosh, it is so hard to do!!! 

    I would encourage you not to cut out dairy unless you absolutely need to (baby exhibits lots of colic symptoms or is pooping blood).  You need the nutrients in dairy while you are breastfeeding if possible.

    Since I can’t have any, I take 2 Calcium gummy vitamins daily (soy and dairy free).

    Keep in mind that if you are going dairy free, it doesn’t mean just stopping milk and cheese… You have to avoid everything with casein, whey, milk proteins etc.  This means just about every processed food is out of the questions.  If you don’t do it this way, you are still getting LOTS of milk proteins, so it won’t really make a difference.  Feel free to pm me if you want more of the nitty gritty about it… but this is NOT something to take lightly!

    Post # 4
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    @Mrs. DG: Good information to have Mrs. DG.  I’ve been wondering if my baby will develop a milk allergy and if I’ll need to forego dairy when BFing and I’m glad to know it is better to wait and see if it develops instead of just assuming it will and going dairy-free in advance.  I would definitely struggle to go dairy-free for any length of time.

    Post # 5
    6351 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’ve been dairy free for many years (damn casein) so I can’t comment on my specific breastfeeding experience. As Mrs.DG said though, it is tough! Casein is found in so many foods (um hello non-dairy creamer!) And I don’t know if this has any connection, but my daughter is also intolerant of casein.

    But my sister had to give up dairy with her second child. It made a huge, huge difference. However, I don’t know that i’d give it up until I saw how the child reacts with and without it.

    Post # 6
    792 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I eat tons of dairy and we haven’t had colic! He went through a really weird super fussy period from like 3-5 weeks and then it stopped. I don’t think it had to do anything with my diet though…

    Post # 7
    2004 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I know very little about this subject, so bear that in mind, but if it is questionable as to how feasible or beneficial cutting out dairy is, and if casein is in every processed food out there, you could always focus your efforts on eating more non-processed food (fresh fruits and veggies, etc.) rather than on eliminating dairy in particular. Eating good, whole food is definitely good for you.

    Post # 8
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I kept dairy front and centre in my diet & we did not have any issues, but every baby is different!

    ETA: I was cautioned that some infants have lactose protein intolerances, but I was not advised to restrict my diet unless the intolerance occurred.

    Post # 9
    83 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    I have a four month old boy and I cut out a lot (not all) dairy.  He had an odd “ring around the bum” rash for the first two weeks.  I read in Dr. Sears’ The Baby Book that that specific shape of rash can be caused by a reaction to cow’s milk.  As soon as I stopped drinking it, the rash went away!  I love, love cow’s milk and had been drinking a lot in my pregnancy and early bfeeding days, but have been using soy milk since then.  I still eat cheese and other dairy, but I do watch it because it seems to cause him more gas.  I think after a few more months, I will try to slowly reintroduce cow’s milk.    


    I would wait and see what your baby reacts to – s/he may be fine with dairy.  Each baby is so different, you just need to see what they like!

    Post # 10
    226 posts
    Helper bee

    I eat dairy all the time and did all through my pregnancy and my Boyfriend or Best Friend 3month old doesn’t have colic and is a very happy baby. They do recommend you cut out a whole bunch of stuff ‘just in case’ but I ate most of it anyway just to see what agreed with him and what didn’t. Dark coloured soft drinks and spicy food was the only thing that made him windy, but that wasn’t colicy at all. Every baby is different, I think it is all trial and error to see what works for mum and bub 🙂

    congrats on your pregnancy too btw, and good luck with everything!

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