Baby allergic to my breast milk???

DeserRai - posted on 05/19/2011 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if any moms have had a problem with their baby possibly being allergic to their milk. My son has suddenly become very fussy and gassy the past few days and he is exclusively breastfed. I haven't really changed anything in my diet but I've read that he could be allergic, whether it be my milk or something I'm eating. Have any moms experienced this? Thanks.

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Avery - posted on 05/23/2011

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I agree with a lot of what these mom's have said. It's really unlikely that your baby is allergic to your milk. Doctors often tell mothers this; I honestly think they don't want to put out the effort to learn things they could suggest to you to make an improvement on your child's gassy tummy. A lot of women just give up, or as I say give in and switch to formula! My child is very affected by what I eat. I had to completely cut out tomatoes, broccoli, artichokes and lessen my dairy and citrus consumption down to a 1/4 or less of what I used to eat. Get rid of the things you can do without. Myself, I need my morning coffee, and that requires creamer. For the most part that is all the dairy I have in a day other than a TBS or 2 of butter and a piece of cheese. Most days, just the creamer. I miss milk, but it's worth it. Now that she is almost a year she is tolerating me eating tomatoes and broccoli in small amounts. I mean like a slice or two and 5-7 small florets. Something else I had to do when she was younger, between 3-6 mos I had to nurse on each side for 4 hours. Don't go back and forth between both breasts. So feed on the left for every feeding for up to 4 hours (unless of course you run out in a feeding, then switch.) So, if your baby feeds at 10am and 12pm and 1:30pm use only the left breast. Then from 2pm-6pm use only the right. This worked really well. This rules out your child getting too much foremilk which is more watery and sugary. The hind milk is later on and contains more fats, which is easier for baby to keep down. This worked for me, and I've never heard anyone else talk about it. I hope you'll try it and that it will work. Make a log or pay attention to what you are eating so you can find out what your baby's "tomatoes" are. Broccoli and califlower are always known for gas so you should just get rid of those for awhile and make note of any changes you see. Also, baby's poop is a big give away. If it's ever foamy it's due to gas and green is a sign of allergy or baby's body not liking something. Use Mylicon (Simethicone drops) when needed (for times of colic and when your baby hasn't burped.) Always remember to burb baby during and after feedings. You'll figure it out. Don't give up.

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It's very rare for a baby to be allergic to breast milk. They test for that at birth and baby would be very, very ill. Baby could be allergic to milk proteins that are passed through your milk. What does his poop look like? As someone else pointed out, if he was allergic to dairy that you are consuming then he would have green, mucousy poops that might have blood in them. If his poops are green and frothy then it could be due to foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. This can cause a gassy, fussy baby. It's easy to fix. Make sure that baby thoroughly empties the first side before switching sides (if you switch during a feeding). Don't time how long baby nurses on a side or the total time baby nurses. Let him go on the first side until he falls off on his own. You shouldn't be able to squeeze milk out easily. If you can and he wants to eat more put him back on that same side. If you can't easily squeeze milk out then you can offer the other side. I hope that makes sense. If you don't see improvement by keeping him on one side longer than you can try cutting dairy. It takes 2-3 weeks for dairy protein to be out of your system so you will have to wait to see an improvement. Good luck!!

Noreen - posted on 05/20/2011

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A lot of times cows milk in the mom's diet causes fussiness and gassiness. Maybe cutting back on diary products will help? Start with the big diary stuff like milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese. I had to do this and decided I'd cut back on it for 2wks to see what happened. I saw improvement, so I stayed away from diary products for awhile. Then one day I drank a glass of chocolate milk and my daughter was miserable the next day and puking her brains out. Turns out that she is SEVERELY allergic to cow's milk protein. Fast forward to 17month later and I am still off the major dairy products and don't even miss them! I can sneak in some cheese here and there but for the other stuff I substitute. Like soy milk in my startbucks coffee instead of milk. I replaced my chocolate milk cravings with chocolate almond milk (the almond milk is GREAT for you hair!)

Dawnett - posted on 03/06/2012

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OMgosh! YES!! Both of my kids would have HORRIFIC colic IF I had ANY dairy...I elimiated ALL dairy & the colic WENT AWAY

Kate - posted on 05/24/2011

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My baby had the same issues, turns out he was lactose intolerant, which meant that he was allergic to Cow's milk, not my milk. I had to stop eating dairy and his issues cleared right up. There is a lot out there made by almond and coconut products (cheese, icecream, milk). I hardly even minded. Just be careful about milk and whey in breads. I found it easier to make my own bread, that way I knew what was in it. Just be careful about using a lot of soy products because it does elevate estrogen levels (although studies show it doesn't raise them to a significant amount, I just think better safe than sorry, lol). Hope this helps! Looks like you got a lot of responses.

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Bea - posted on 03/06/2012

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I am severely allergic to my mothers breast milk, as a baby, and also cows milk and soy milk...I want to clarify I am not lactose intolerant...I can however drink goats milk and I have an acquired taste for goats cheese.

Candace - posted on 05/24/2011

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I think it is pretty rare to be allergic to breastmilk. However, I have a friend who found out her daughter was lactose intolerant around age 2. She said that when she thought back about it, she saw some signs when she was breastfeeding. She breast fed for the first year.

Melissa - posted on 05/23/2011

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I second Noreen's suggestion. I am a huge consumer of milk but found with my second that he was exceptionally gasey and irritable as soon as I cut back on my consumption he was fine.

Dawnett - posted on 05/23/2011

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It's difficult because he is NEWLY allergic- My son ( and daughter) were WAY allergic ( gassy/'colicky') if I had ANY dairy

Michelle - posted on 05/23/2011

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It's more likely to be something you're eating. Keep a food journal and maybe a journal of the times after he eats when he's gassy. You might be able to track it down that way. Good luck.

Angela - posted on 05/23/2011

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Hi there! Alot of times if you eat gassy foods like broccoli or cabbage it will make them gassy. I doubt your baby is allergic but im no expert :) i think chocolate sometimes will affect them as well. hope this helps -A

Tracy - posted on 05/23/2011

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My sister-in-law had to switch to a dairy free diet because one of her twins had a dairy allergy.

Heather - posted on 05/23/2011

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Keeping a food journal is a great way to find out if there is something in your diet that may cause some problems for baby. Also keep up with his fussy times and gassy times to see if there is any connection or a specific time of day. Your baby is not allergic to your milk! Check the poop too - what does it look like?

Michelle - posted on 05/23/2011

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Watch for the acids in your diet. There is NEVER a chance for baby to be allergic to your milk despite what you may have heard, its what you put into it. I discovered for me, it was the citrus I was eating, and the high iron content of my vitamin that was causing the problem. Think, grease, salt, fat...all those things that bother you in great quantities will bother your little one even in small quantities, I would start with milk products if that doesn't help just eliminate one thing at a time til you hit on it...its all you can do if you want to continue breast feeding. Also try adjusting your hold, my son is more gassy if I feed him while he is not laying fully on his side...it could be his latch is off and getting more air...you just have to try different things and see, and if nothing seems to work, you should talk to either his pediatrician or a lactation consultant.

Ginny - posted on 05/23/2011

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It's rare but I have heard of it. That being said, it's really not unusual even for breastfed babies to have periods of gassiness (which of course leads to the fussiness). Try burping him more frequently while he's nursing and keeping him inclined for a little while after nursing if possible. Also Infant Mylicon drops may help.

Denise - posted on 05/22/2011

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my son wasthe same but he also got a really bad rash it was the milk protein in the milk i was drinking that went though to my milk so no milk for me very dull but worth it

Jenny - posted on 05/22/2011

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My son was sensitive to caffeine, potatoes, chocolate (milk chocolate more than dark) and dairy while I was nursing. The only time they are "allergic" is if they are completely lactose intolerant even when you consume no dairy. Also I found that if I took my prenatal vitamins and a calcium supplement while nursing I could eat more of the foods that made him fussy and gassy, on days I skipped he was a lot more fussy and gassy the following day.

Natalie - posted on 05/22/2011

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I noticed your little guy is only a little over 3 weeks. It is extremely likely that he is now showing an allergy to something you are eating. My nut and egg allergic son didn't start showing his allergy until he was 3 months, so don't discount an allergy! Watch for other symptoms like a diaper rash that won't go away, skin rash, vomiting, etc.

Dawnett - posted on 05/22/2011

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My son was 'allergic' ( .....this was demonstrated by MASSIVE colic) if I had ANY dairy....when I eliminated ALL dailry, it stopped

Ania - posted on 05/22/2011

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If baby is allergic to something it is to what you eat, not to your breast milk. BABIES ARE NOT ALLERGIC TO BREASTMILK only to what you eat

OhJessie - posted on 05/22/2011

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Also the others are right about avoiding dairy and caffeine - it could well be that irritating him too.

OhJessie - posted on 05/22/2011

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My daughter used to get some gassiness and fussiness and even rashes on her forehead from things I'd eat, but you haven't changed anything. Still, it could just be something he's sensitive to or that causes gas in everyone, like broccoli or beans. Have you tried Mylanta for the gas? If that's honestly causing the fussiness that would probably help. (The baby I mean, not you.) It seems very very unlikely it could be an allergy to your actual milk apart from something you're eating - and especially if it came about suddenly. :) Good luck!

Mia - posted on 05/22/2011

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My number two son had a milk protien allergy, he also had reflux and as he got older got increasingly worse. He just started out being fussy, a lot of crying etc. By 5months refused to feed at all, so had a NGT in for a short while in hopsital while tests were run to confirm the allergy. Paed recommendations, either cut out dairy from my diet or put him on prescription formula. I put him on the formula and he was a new baby and took a while for us to be able to slowly introduce dairy products into his diet. He's two in July and has only been having cows milk in his cereal for the last 6weeks. Just keep at it, go see gp, lactation consulatant and paed and don't give up until you see some changes.

Yusa - posted on 05/22/2011

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Maybe your baby alergic to cow milk, do you consumed GOLD that contain damira milk? IT caused your baby sick if your baby alergenic yo dairy milk

Yusa - posted on 05/22/2011

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Maybe your baby alergic to cow milk, do you consumed GOLD that contain damira milk? IT caused your baby sick if your baby alergenic yo dairy milk

Yusa - posted on 05/22/2011

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Maybe your baby alergic to cow milk, do you consumed GOLD that contain damira milk? IT caused your baby sick if your baby alergenic yo dairy milk

Tammaryn - posted on 05/21/2011

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I had simelar problems with my little boy, he was lactose intolerant and his tummy really didnt agree with breast milk, our pediatrician gave me something that I had to give my little one in a bit of expressed milk before I breast fed unfortunatly I cant remember the name of the stuff and I also think the name would be different accross continents, Hope your little baby is feeling better soon.

Misty - posted on 05/21/2011

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Look at what you are putting ON your body as well. Do not put lotion, powder, or even soap on your nipples, in the shower, just let the water and run-off, rinse the area. I have known moms who have started putting lotion on soar nipples and then baby shows signs of sickness. If your nipples are soar, use Lansinoh or a similar product, specially made for that. You can usually find those products at a nursing store. Your milk is MADE for your baby - it is something from the outside coming into you and your baby's lives.

Heather - posted on 05/21/2011

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Try eliminating ALL milk and dairy products from your diet for a month, and see if it improves. Yes, it is probably somethings that you are eating.

Leah - posted on 05/21/2011

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Yes. My son who is 4 weeks, was the same way. I took away all dairy out of my diet, per our pediatricians recommendations. Within a day, he was a whole new baby. He is my 3rd and I really wish I had known this trick with the other two. Read about it online, its a very common issue with breastfed babies. Take care.

Krystle - posted on 05/21/2011

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It is impossible for a baby to be allergic to breastmilk (ever heard of a calf being allergic to cow's milk? Or a kitten being allergic to cat's milk? Never!).



Baby can be sensitive to foods YOU eat and get into your breast milk. However, even this is much rarer than you might be led to believe.



But most likely baby is just having a little gas. Maybe he just needs to poop! :P (It's very common for babies just to be gassy without anything to do with you)



(FYI: My son is just about 2, and very allergic to a bunch of foods, including all dairy. Yet, I was always able to eat as much of it as I wanted. Also, a dairy allergy in babies is hard to miss: he will get a super bad rash all over his jaw and mouth, hives all over his face and body, sneeze uncontrollably, and vomit like crazy! So unless that's what's happening, he isn't allergic.)



Babies digestive systems are delicate, so it's most likely a bout of indigestion. A little gripe water or oval might help if he seems to be in pain.



I hope this helps! :)

Holly - posted on 05/21/2011

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Babies are not allergic to mommas milk.. that is a misconception :( However, sometimes babies do become sensitive to something in momma's diet. You can try to eliminate things for a two week period or try to keep a diet and fussiness journal to determine what you have eaten and what makes him fussy. The *general* culprit is dairy... then onions, caffeine (coffee and chocolate), broccoli (high gas foods).. Good luck! YOU CAN CONTINUE NURSING!! :) Though MANY people are going to tell you to give up and use formula.. it is NOT necessary :(

Christine - posted on 05/21/2011

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Hello There, Your baby is probably not allergic to your milk in the general sense, But what you eat does affect what your milk is made up of, say if you eat alot of greens your milk will have the nutrients from that and so on... If you drink coffee it will be caffeinated for a while.

If you eat alot of grains or wheat it DOES cause gas in babies, Try to lay off those types of foods and your baby's gas should relieve itself somewhat.

Ask your doctor for other foods to avoid that may contribute to gas.

Cheers!

Stephanie - posted on 05/21/2011

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I remember having a similar problem in the first 6-8 weeks when I started breastfeeding. I ended up doing quite a bit of research, and realised that my own diet affected my baby a lot. Since I ate different things each day, my baby would also react differently each day. At times, he was okay. Other times, he was very gassy and uncomfortable. I found this list of foods to avoid in the first 6 weeks of breastfeeding, followed it and found that it helped us heaps. I ate a lot of tomatoes, strawberries, chocolate and oranges, and when I cut (or limit) these out of my diet, my baby was immediately better and no longer gassy. I hope this can help you and your baby too. http://www.ourmidwife.com.au/articles/pr...

After the first 6 weeks of breastfeeding, you can slowly introduce these back into your diet, and by then your baby's digestive system would have matured and can handle these foods.

Hope this helps and all the best!

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That doesn't sound like an allergy. It sounds more like something you are eating is bothering his tummy. Make a mental note of what you eating and whats in it when he becomes fussy. This can help you narrow it down, the good news is that babies that do this usually can handle anything you want to eat or drink at 6 months and older.

TerraCotta - posted on 05/19/2011

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It is unlikely he suddenly developed an allergy to something in your diet. Fussiness and gassiness are normal for babies, and ironically fussiness causes gassiness.



The big indicator of allergies is poop, it could have mucous, slime or be green or black or red with blood.

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