Allergy to breastmilk??????

Sandra - posted on 12/08/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hello! I am a mother of 3, and my youngest is 4 months old. He is having a severe reflux, and has been prescribed a medication for. He spits up and vomits constantly, even though he is gaining weight (17.7 lbs @ 4 month check up). He goes through 3-4 outfits per hour because of all the vomit. His dr recommended I start him on rice cereal which would help decrease the reflux and it's not working. Could my baby be allergic to my milk? Does an allergy to breast milk even exist? Did anyone have a similar problem?

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Jeany - posted on 12/09/2010

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He is not allergic to your milk, but he may be sensitive to something that you eat on a regular basis - or perhaps several foods in your diet. One of the most common culprits is cows milk. YOu could experiment with eliminating all cows milk products from your diet for a week or two, to see if that makes a difference. If cows milk is the problem, it may take several weeks for the irritation of his gut to heal, so it is important to persevere for more than a few days, but you are likely to see some degree of improvement within a week if that is what the problem is. If you were exposed to cows milk (eg formula) before four months of age, then your baby has an increased likelihood of reacting to cows milk products on your diet then if you were exclusively breastfed.

Merry - posted on 12/10/2010

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There is galactosemia, but it's not allergy to the breastmilk in total, just the lactose in it. But needless to say galactosemia babies aren't able to drink breastmilk. But as I said, this condition is extremely rare and is diagnosed within days of birth so it couldn't be the culprit here.

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Jessica - posted on 12/14/2010

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If your baby is having trouble digesting breast milk, it is probably more likely that he is reacting to something you ate, rather than the actual breast milk itself. Check out the elimination diet, I suggest www.kellymom.com as a helpful resource. When my youngest had reflux, I tried the elimination diet and found that she was dairy sensitive. By cutting dairy out of my diet while she was nursing, the reflux improved a lot.

Cat - posted on 12/13/2010

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Odds are, he's not allergic to your milk. however, he could be allergic to or irritated by something you're eating/drinking that's passing through your milk. Kellymom has some interesting articles on elimination diets and whatnot to find out what may be causing the issue.

Annette - posted on 12/12/2010

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My daughter who is 9 months old now also has acid reflux issues. She is also lactos intolerant. When i breast fed her i also had to change my diet. Took all dairy products away like yogurt, milk , cheese and such. It did seem to help her a lot, and i drank soy milk myself. It is a possible chance your baby is allergic to something you are eating. It is hard and it took me 4 months to figure out why was she still spitting up so much even being on meds for her acid reflux. I couldnt breast feed her long because she wouldnt latch on, but i did try. To this day she is still on soy formula and has to take meds for her acid reflux. I had to give my daughter cereal in a bottle and on a spoon to help her and it didnt really work at all. Matter of fact she didnt improve until she started to eat table food. I didn't have to change her clothes 5 times a day, its just down to 2-3 times a day now lol. soft crackers do help a lot. I also had to stop eating Eggs and bananas. To this day my daughter cant handle either of those too. It is hard to figure this all out, but in the end its well worth it i think :)

Jeany - posted on 12/11/2010

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Lactose intolerance is different to intolerance to cows milk proteins. Human milk is higher in lactose than cows milk. You can read about the difference, and also lactose overload, which is what Mary was referring to as foremilk/hindmilk imballance, in this article: http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/l...

Christina - posted on 12/11/2010

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I personally havent had this problem but I have a friend who's baby was severely lactose intollerant and when she'd have dairy her baby would get sick from her breastmilk. It makes sense since the baby is getting a diluted version of whatever you are eating. Maybe you should try eliminating certain things from your own diet and see if that helps.

Mary - posted on 12/11/2010

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Could it be that you have a forceful let down? I had one with my first as well as an oversupply. It helped my baby to have me lay on my back to nurse her and to block nurse (meaning nursing on on side for a couple of feedings, then on the other side for the next couple- this helps with a fore milk/ hind milk imbalance and the thicker milk that comes later in the nursing session stays down longer). I also cut out milk products with her and then slowly introduced them back. Turns out she only had a reaction with uncooked/unprocessed dairy. I couldn't drink milk, but I could have boiled milk in hot cocoa without upsetting her. I could also eat cheese. Its just something you have to play around with. Good job on nursing! You are doing the best! :)

Angela - posted on 12/10/2010

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Actually eggs are completely different from milk products. Totally unrelated. If you cut out "dairy" only cut out the milk products. Milk contains the whey and casein proteins, eggs contain albumin protein.eggs and pastas with no milk products are fine.

Ania - posted on 12/10/2010

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There is no such a thing as being allergic to the breast milk but maybe to something you eat. The most common is diary, you would have to eliminate everytj=hing milk yogurts, eggs cheeses, pasta (made from eggs) and wait it takes 2 weeks for protein to leave your body so you need a month of not eating all the stuff

Angela - posted on 12/09/2010

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Sounds dietary to me! Just as everyone else has stated, dairy is easy to remove. It hides everywhere though, you'll have to be careful. Even margarine usually has whey, which is a milk protein. Veggie cheese slices? milk product (unless it clearly states otherwise).

My daughter was vomiting very similarly to your baby when she was young and when I realized she really was losing a lot of my milk, I knew it had to be something I was eating. Luckily I tried dairy first and she seemed to be cured!

Carolyn - posted on 12/09/2010

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well just a few tips until you get the reflux and vomiting under controle.

rub his back instead of patting when burping. the patting can cause the acid to splash up and irritate the condition. you can use the palm of your hand and gently rub under his left rib cage on his back ( should be where is stomach is) and this will help him burp!

use bibs ! you can buy some large cloth bibs and keep him in them ! save yourself on a ton of laundry and ruining his clothes. ( also useful for those extra slobbery days)

instead of putting the cereal in the bottle ( if that was the suggestion, which is an unsafe practice but does work for some babies)... spoon feed it to him after his liquids !! it will be heavier and help keep that milk down! I totally did this with my son and it works like a freaking charm, however he didnt have reflux, he just spewed ! breastfeed, then give a bit of oatmeal or rice cereal.

Catherine - posted on 12/09/2010

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Can I ask what medication he is on for the reflux? My son started on Zantac, and we had a similar problem to what you're experiencing, but when he was about your son's age, we switched to Prevacid and it worked wonders! The vomiting stopped almost completely within a few days. Depending on what you're using for medication, it might be worth asking about different ones.

The advice the other ladies gave is also definitely worth trying. I have a friend whose son is allergic to the dairy in her diet and as soon as she cut it out, his spit up almost completely stopped.

Good luck! I hope you figure this out.

Nicole - posted on 12/09/2010

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I agree with everyone else. It's probably something in your diet. Check out the link that Sara gave. Also, the cereal idea is not proven to even work! As a matter of fact, it can actually be a choking hazard in the reflux baby. Cereal is SO overrated! ;o) And as you have said, it doesn't even work.

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I agree with the others. Start by eliminating foods. Dairy is the most common. It can take up to two weeks for the dairy protein to be out of your system so be patient. If symptoms don't improve then try eliminating something else. Here's some info on reflux including food causes or foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/ref...

Merry - posted on 12/09/2010

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The only babies who should not drink breastmilk are diagnosed as galactosemic, they are diagnosed within a few days of birth cuz it's THAT obvious. So, no, your son isn't allergic to your milk. I agree with jeany it could be something you are eating, cows products, or soy are common, as is wheat.
Or a imbalance in formilk and hind milk.

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