Any suggestion on what foods to eat?

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Lori - posted on 09/08/2013

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Alexis - if her dad has a slight dairy intolerance then its an even better bet that that's exactly whats causing the problem.

Go for the 2 weeks... but if she's still spitting up check to see, have you actually eliminated ALL dairy. Eliminating the obvious sources is pretty easy... no cups of milk, no ice cream, no cheese, no butter, etc. But dairy is "hidden" in SO many foods. It's in MOST baked goods - like bread (you have to really look to find a dairy free bread) many many crackers are baked with milk also... again, you just have to check labels. It's hidden in McDonalds French Fries (crazy right!), it's in sausages and meatballs, it's in batters used to bread and fry foods. It's on your veggies when you eat out unless you specifically ask for no butter on your veggies. It's in the flavorings of many many types of chips - yes the cheese flavor, but also bbq flavors sometimes have dairy and so do salt and vinegar. I could go on and on about all the strange places I've found dairy, but I'm guessing you get the point :)

Lisa - posted on 09/07/2013

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Hm. So much debate right now about gluten and grain. A good friend of mine believed her nursing son had a gluten sensitivity. She determined to go gluten-free (plus eliminating a lot of other possible "allergen" foods). I ADMIRE her dedication. However, she ran herself ragged attempting to find and prepare things for herself to eat, lost TOO much weight, and began to lose her milk supply. So, I am not going to open myself up to a debate on grains. Unless you have a reason to believe your daughter has a sensitivity to wheat (or gluten), I would keep including whole wheat bread in your diet. You are too busy with a 7 month old to drive yourself crazy and you cannot starve yourself.

One very important thing I left out: GOOD fats are super important for her brain development (butter, coconut oil, olive oil, almonds). Raw almonds can be the best friend of a busy, nursing mom.

Lisa - posted on 09/07/2013

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Eat LOTS of protein: eggs, peanut butter (in not concerned with allergies), beef, chicken, hummus (from chickpeas). Even though pinto beans, chili, black beans, refried beans are great sources of protein, avoid (or eat carefully) these items for about 4 mos. because they are likely to give the baby painful gas bubbles. Other foods to pay close attention to are: broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. If you eat these, note the time and see how your infant reacts when you feed her four hours later. Also, replacing cow's milk, in your diet, with almond milk or coconut milk could prevent a lot of baby screaming. It takes four hours for the food items you eat to enter your milk. So, if you eat a big bowl of ice cream before you go to bed, and your infant nurses around 4 a.m. but won't go back to sleep because she is crying too much, you might consider removing cow's mild products from your diet. Also, the things you eat do affect the taste of your milk so foods that contained tons of onion, garlic, or spice could be unappealing to your little one. You are doing a GREAT thing. Hope this info helps.

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Alexis - posted on 09/08/2013

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Damn, I've eaten two of the things on that list tonight. Meatballs and some Italian herb bread. So pretty much just read the labels! It's on McDonalds friends fries? Wow! Lol. Luckily I don't eat chips. Yeah, we'll see after the two weeks. Hopefully it's better. Se actually only spit up once, and that was early this morning. So hopefully we're on the route to success.
Thank you so much again!

Alexis - posted on 09/08/2013

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Thank you Lori. Her dad has a slight dairy intolerance and can't have a whole lot of milk. And thank you for telling me about the 2 weeks thing, I was worried why she was still spitting up. I also love almond milk so that's good!

Lisa, she seems fine with bread, I don't really eat that much of it, so we might be good there,

Thank you both, I'm glad I joined here,

Lori - posted on 09/07/2013

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Alexis - if you are trying to eliminate dairy there are tons of decent alternatives to most dairy products. Both my LO's have a dairy protein intolerance. They are both so sensitive that even a tiny amount of dairy protein in something like a saltine cracker will make their tummies hurt and possibly even throw up.

For milk I use almond milk for almost all cooking, and that's what my girls drink now (they're 2 and 5 yrs old). I preferred to drink rice milk and use that on my cereal, but it doesn't have as much protein as almond milk so it's not quite as good for the LO's and it doesn't always cook up the same in a recipe. Some people prefer coconut milk to almond milk. It's just a matter of taste preference. For butter I use Earth Balance Dairy Free Soy Free buttery spread. Comes in a tub. You can also get Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks that are great for baking and measuring 1 Tsp at a time. If you want/need something cheesy. Try daiya brand cheeze. It's completely dairy and soy free (veggie shreds still contain dairy). It melts decently and I've used it on things like pizza or in a tuna noodle casserole, or a slice of it on a turkey sandwich. I never did find a good substitute for sour cream. I just do without. For heavy cream, use coconut cream.

It can take 2 or more weeks for the dairy protein to leave your system. So if you're not seeing results in a day or two... just keep at it. The more dairy that's in your diet on a regular basis the longer it will take to clear out of your system. With my younger daughter I noticed a big difference after the first week - but it took several months and eliminating most soy too before all her symptoms cleared up.

Alexis - posted on 09/07/2013

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Thank you! I'm on my iPad, and it skipped before I could write in the description. I am currently trying to eliminate dairy from my diet, because she does get fussy and gassy. I've had the experience with the cauliflower and broccoli. I've been eating a lot of chicken! And beef. I'm going to be careful with peanut butter tho. I've eaten onions, she doesn't seem to mind, and she hasn't had a problem with gas. I don't overdo it tho, lol. I didn't know about the 4 hours! Thank you for telling me that! What about bread? I've heard that something about the yeast in it isn't good? I don't remember...

Thank you so much! I want to make sure she's happy and healthy, and I know what I eat affects her! You've helped a lot!

Lisa - posted on 09/07/2013

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P.S. I meant to say that LOTS of protein, especially during the first few weeks, can help prevent new mother "blues."

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