Can a Baby Be Allergic to My BreastMilk?

Holly - posted on 08/05/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




My baby is a month old and has Acid Reflux and bad gas.. A nurse said that she might be a Allergic to my Breast Milk.. I heard that there is a low chance of this.. Ne Input will be helpful!!


Crystal - posted on 09/25/2010




a food diary is a great idea!! my lil one is more sensitive to garlic i have noticed....she ALWAYS seemed more gassy and such after spaghitti took a while for me to notice this pattern but a food diary would have helped tons


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Aleks - posted on 08/10/2010




Exactly what Sara D said.

Try dairy being the culprit. It is in fact the top food issue babies will have and it can pass thru your milk.
Both my babies had dairy intollerance. I had to eliminate ALL dairy from my diet. This includes all the hidden dairy in processed foods. No, lactose free milk, cheese and yoghurt is not going to cut it, as it is the proteins in these that usually cause the issue. You have to be very weary when cutting dairy out as many products have dairy where you wouldn't think that they do, like bread and bread rolls. Ready made roast turkey, herbs in a tube (I know... unbelievable) many pasta sauces, etc etc... the list is very long. Lable reading becomes an artform...LOL
good luck...

Racheal - posted on 08/10/2010




no that is not possible, however the baby could have sensitivities to what your eating thus being passed into your breast milk..cant believe a nurse would say something like that..ugh

Merry - posted on 08/10/2010




very very rare, it would be 'eolutionary suicide' as my dr put it! really theres almost no reason to stop breastfeeding, from my research its extrEMELY rare to not be able to breastfeed. 99% of women can breastfeed and it sounds like your baby is just irritable to your diet, not alergic to your milk.

Darla - posted on 08/10/2010




My daughter went through the same thing---my doctor said it was colic though b/c it was paired with a lot of fussiness at night. The doctor also said that since their digestive system is so immature that can be part of the issue too. Just like the other posters said it is EXTREMELY RARE. Your milk is what your baby was meant to eat so, don't be discouraged. Babies are meant to eat the protein in our milk so introducing other proteins like dairy, certain vegetables, etc can cause tummy issues. A food diary along with keeping track of your babies tummy issues daily could definitely help you pinpoint a possible food in your diet.

Carrie - posted on 08/05/2010




Sara is spot on. Another idea is to keep a food diary for a couple of weeks, and see if you can pick up a pattern. Its tricky, though, as some people metabolize food more quickly than others - for instance, some will have dairy proteins in their milk in 12 hours, for others, it might be as long as 48 hours!

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It is EXTREMELY rare. Although, doctors commonly make this misdiagnoses. Lactose intolerance (or being allergic to mom's milk) in a baby is very rare. Babies that have this issue are diagnosed within days of birth. They have vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and FTT (failure to thrive). It is much more likely to be an allergy to something in your diet. The most common allergy is to milk protein. You can try cutting dairy out of your diet. It takes 2 weeks for the protein to be out of your system. See if symptoms improve then. Babies with dairy protein allergies may also have allergies to soy protein so if symptoms don't improve after taking out dairy you could try cutting soy too.

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Symptoms of a food allergy:

"If a breastfed baby is sensitive to a particular food, then he may be fussy after feedings, cry inconsolably for long periods, or sleep little and wake suddenly with obvious discomfort. There may be a family history of allergies. Other signs of a food allergy may include: rash, hives, eczema, sore bottom, dry skin; wheezing or asthma; congestion or cold-like symptoms; red, itchy eyes; ear infections; irritability, fussiness, colic; intestinal upsets, vomiting, constipation and/or diarrhea, or green stools with mucus or blood." from:

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