did anyone else breastfeed a baby with a dairy/soy intolerance

Bridget - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have been working on an elimination diet. I took out dairy about a month ago, and my babies symptoms (discomfort while eating and fussiness) got better. Then, a couple weeks after that noticed some tiny spots of blood in my baby's poop. The doc thought it was a dairy/soy intolerance (my husband also had a dairy/soy intolerance when he was a baby) so now I am off soy (for a week so far). I am wondering if anyone else has experienced this, and if so...then how long did it take your baby to feel better? How long before the blood stoped ( I am still seeing spots in some diapers)? I am starting to feel frustrated and sad for my little guy. It breaks my heart, and I just want him to feel better ; ( If anyone has some encouraging information for me I could sure use it! I really want to continue breastfeeding.

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Jessica - posted on 04/03/2010

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I had problems with my son breastfeeding and we put him on lactose free formula and we didn't have any problems after that. It just might be a lactose intolerance. My son couldn't tolerate regular formula or soy and when I was breastfeeding he just didn't seem to eat as well but once he got on lactose free formula he ate excellent

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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PLEASE KEEP BREASTFEEDING! My 34 month old dd is still nursing a bit and was born w/a dairy allergy that turned anaphylactic to ingestion and contact when she was around a year old. I removed ALL TRACES of dairy from my diet (and found out about my own undiagnosed dairy allergy in the process) and she started to get better. It did take a full 6 weeks for Mandie to really start healing from that - so hang in there w/the soy. Especially since your husband also had that intolerance. I know it's hard, but you can do it. We are also avoiding seafood, shellfish, chamomile, sunflower, safflower (all anaphylactic), strawberry, palm oil, wool, lanolin, ragweed, and grass. There are some wonderful groups on yahoo groups (pm me and I'll tell ya about them) that are an incredible source of support and inspiration. Also, check out www.kidswithfoodallergies.com, www.godairyfree.org and www.foodallergy.org for more info and support on living w/food allergies. Believe me, breastfeeding is the BEST thing you can do for your baby/child - especially when they have food allergies. They will get all the nutrition they need from you - as well as much needed immune protection. That makes it totally worth it. Also, don't get discouraged if it takes a while to totally figure out all of his allergies. I think we've FINALLY hit baseline w/my dd in the last month when we discovered the allergies to sunflower, safflower, and chamomile. Just hang in there and let me know if I can be of any help w/recipes, cooking, etc. - Jen

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Jordan - posted on 10/04/2012

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my babys got a dirary allergy i dont know if i have 2 stop breastfeeding or not hes only 7 weeks and 4 days cud someone help me plz x

App+7mnejhu - posted on 09/12/2012

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I can't imagine how much harder it can be with your LO having an allergiy, never mind multiple.

Poor kids, heroic pparents...

But I feel , I have to add here that my boy(now almost 3) has had some food intollerance but outgrew it by around 1. Breastfed till 14 months, we weaned as soon as he got to like cows' milk. In infancy (just like my younger one), he had all the simptoms of food intolerance , including blood streaks in his stool.I could never know for sure, what foods in my diet caused it .Perhaps, I didn't know it would take 6 weeks to see results from having excluded food from ones diet.

My message is: things may not be so bad.

Good luck.

Nicola - posted on 02/21/2010

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Oh dear, your poor thing. I too have children with allergies and it is not an easy road - although I am happy to say that my boy (5) and girl (nearly 4) have a much better quality of life health wise because of the effort we have put in. Sometimes we relax and make mistakes with what we feed them and we have major setbacks but hey we are human!!!! I couldn't feed my boy beyond 3 months and his allergies are so much worse than my girls. With my girl I was on allergy free diet for half of preg and first 8 months of breastfeeding. The elimination (although painful and tiresome) made a dramatic difference to the allergies and severity that she had. She is now allergic to dairy nut egg and seafood. Both kids are hypersensitive and so a virus or getting run down will spark off more allergies for a period of up to 6 or so months. My boy is allergic to egg and dairy and really sensitive to sugar (but not allergy) with a bowel problem too but his list of allergies when he was a baby (and even 12 months ago) was over 90 different foods and now we are down to 26 thru alternate therapies and eliminations. I wish I could have fed him for longer!!!!!!! So hang in there, stick at it, but if you are so tired and stressed yourself it may be time to look at other options. It takes a great deal of strength and perserverence to keep up what you are doing. Best of luck to you and your family x

Sharon - posted on 02/20/2010

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my son is now 2 yrs and 4 mths, have just successfully weaned him of the boob, (much 2 his displeasure). he is severely allergic 2 dairy amongst many other foods. i was fortunate in that i could breastfeed so long... hang in there.. although i use a formula called NEOCATE for all cooking purposes.

Motomi - posted on 02/12/2010

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I agree with Jennifer from the previous post, please keep breastfeeding!!! That is the best for your little one. I read the ingredients on one of the formulas made for allergic babies and it's still got soy in them. I breastfed my oldest until he turned a year old (until he weaned off by himself) and he's allergic to soy, eggs, wheat, oats, peanuts, cod, watermelon, mustard, beans, peas and he's lactose intolerant. I'm currently breastfeeding my 3 months old who seems to be allergic so I'm on the elimination diet again. It does take few weeks for your baby to get rid of allergens and starts to feel better, but you need to eliminate allergens completely from your diet. From my experience, eliminating soy completely from my diet has been the hardest one. But there are quiet a few things you can eat. You just have to look and be creative. Things will get better. Hang in there!

Heather - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter had, and still has a dairy intolerence. No Milk or cheese. At 18 Months she was able to drink Soy, so now she gets soy milk and cheese. She is also OK with yogurt.

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2010

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Yes you can continue breastfeeding. my little one is 1 years old and has been allergic to dairy, beef, soy, wheat, glueten, corn, apples, carrots, and the list could go on. i stayed of off all of those things and she is doing great! while she still has those allergies there are things you can do to get rid of them if they are not hereditary. you should look into finding a natural doctor in your area that works with food allergies and nutritien. i found one here in mn. and he was able to diagnose my daughter at 2 months before we even gave her some of the foods. although i did trust him before that and knew his methods worked. the doctors at the clinic thought i was crazy so i gave her a little of something she was allergic to and her reaction almost landed her in the hospital. since then the pediatricain has supported me decision. anyway, your doing great something to try is rice milk or goats milk. becareful with the goats because some kids and develop an intolerance/allergy to it if given to much. maybe wait till at least 6 months to try it. but my daughter can have that! they also make goats cheese. so that helps to. hope it helps!

Jessica - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son is almost 4 years old and has been lactose intolerant since he was born. Thee is lactose free milk/formula. this made a huge difference for my son. My son couldn't handle soy either. It's worth a try to try lactose free. The lactose free milk is a bit pricey but it's well worth it in the long run. There are a lot of foods my son can eat being lactose intolerant just like all other kids. My son can eat just about everything except anything that has dairy already in the seasonings

Erica - posted on 12/28/2009

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My son is 18 months old now and still has a milk-protein and soy allergy. I breastfed him until I found blood in his poop around 8 weeks old which only lasted about 3-4 days. I stopped breastfeeding b/c everything has some sort of milk product in it, if you eat out. You should be very proud of yourself for sticking to it and eliminating all milk sources from your diet. My son was put on Alimentum formula but he is also allergic to corn and the Alimentum has corn powder in it. He is now on a formula called Elecare. Remember that eliminating milk products includes butter, cheese, milk and casein/caseinate. I found an OraJel product that was made with Casein. My son is allergic to milk, soy, eggs, fish, corn, peanuts, beef, chicken and turkey.

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