Post # 1
My son has a rare form of food allergies called FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome) and I am currently EBFing him. I’ve been on an elimination diet for 4.5 months from milk, soy, eggs, wheat, gluten, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish, with rice and oats added 3 weeks ago. He is still reacting to something in my diet, so I am getting ready to prepare for a total elimination diet…eating ~4 foods until he stops reacting and then gradually adding the foods back in. For me, personally, I must exhaust all possibilities before giving up breastfeeding and was really hoping to make it until at least 1 year.
I also just came in contact with a first time mom who is adapting and trying to induce lactation for her adaptive child. She’s taking herbs and using nipple stimulation, but has yet to produce any milk! I think that it is amazing that 1) she’s adapting and 2) she’s trying to induce lactation to be able to nurse! So these things got me thinking…
How far would you mama’s go to start/continue breastfeeding your little ones?
Post # 3
I have no experience with this, but I’ll bump it for you 🙂
Post # 4
I really can not even make a guess at how far I will go until I’m in your shoes.
I hope I have the tenacity like you do though!
Post # 5
I’d never heard of this until I went to a LLL meeting where one mom had started this. I was so proud of her and you because it’s got to be hard. Honestly, I’d do whatever it takes to make it a year because it is so good for my child(ren).
Post # 6
I think I would definitely try to breastfeed as long as possible, but of course until I’m really in that position its hard to know what i’ll do.
Post # 7
@pansyshell: off topic, but I read a blog of a mom that went through an elimination diet with her son while breastfeeding. I’m not sure she had the same situation as you, but she may have some ideas? and shes kind of hilarious. Here’s two posts:
They’ve crossed over the hump now, but she was dealing with for the better half of this year. Good luck, hoping you’re able to figure it out soon (for your sanity and diets sake).
Post # 8
Though it had nothing to do with allergies, and I apologize if I am off topic, but I stopped when the anxiety and stress it caused me was negatively impacting my relationship with my baby. I was always dreading feeding him and would end up in tears as I tried to nurse him. For me, I had to realize that while breast milk is good for your baby, being a happy mom is better.
Post # 9
I’d probably just formula-feed, as I don’t see anything wrong with it. Breast milk is good for the baby, but you have to look after yourself as well. Kudos for doing this, though! It sounds crazy-hard.
Post # 10
Not sure since we haven’t been in the situation but I do have to say I love bf more than I imagined. It’s almost like a yoga zen with happy hormones being released and it’s good for her. So I probably would go out of my way to continue.
Post # 11
Wow – I would have given up a long time ago if I’d had to give up almost everything and still have no idea what he’s reacting to.
Good luck and I hope you get it figured out.
Post # 12
I would switch to formula pretty quickly if my (future) children where having allergies to my breast milk (due to my food consumption). I have zero opposition to formula feeding (me and all of my siblings were formula fed) so I’d feel no qualms with making the switch.
Post # 13
That’s so admirable!
I really don’t know what I would do. But, I’m inclined to say happy mommy = happy baby. Having a newborn seems pretty stressful without severely restricting my diet. I think I would be too stressed cutting out so much from my diet and would be unhappy…so I would probably just formula feed. But major kudos to you!!!
Post # 14
I quit breastfeeding after 2-ish weeks when I got a really bad case of mastitis and had to be hospitalized for 4 days. In all actuality, I could have continued breastfeeding when I got home, but it was pretty traumatic to be away from my newborn for the whole hospital stay (DD couldn’t come visit because of hospital policies). I switched to formula, instead, and it turned out to be the best decision for me and my family. At this point, I’m 99% sure I won’t even try breastfeeding with #2; I think we’ll just go with formula from the beginning.
I think everyone has a different line when it comes to breastfeeding. It’s great that you’re willing to go so far to accomodate your son’s allergies, pansyshell! Keep up the good work!
Post # 15
I absolutely would do whatever I had to do for my little one.
Post # 16
@pansyshell: Out of curiosity – does your peds doc have any concerns about continuing to EBF since the doc hasn’t been able to figure out what your LO is allergic to? Not sure if there were concerns about the baby getting enough nutrition?