Being on a no-dairy diet to save breastfeeding

Being on a no-dairy diet to save breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the best gift for the baby. Babies are born to be breastfed. The breast milk is the best food for them, because they are getting all they want and only the breast milk can give them the protection they need. No other milk contains antibodies. Ideally, babies should be breastfed as long as it is possible, but at least for six months. After that period the baby’s breastfeeding diet should be supported by solid foods. If the baby has allergies, a no-dairy diet should be considered.

Baby allergies to breast milk

Unfortunately, it happens that the baby cannot tolerate mother’s breast milk. If the baby is colic, unhappy and fussy, the breastfeeding mother should evaluate her diet; she should avoid any gassy and hard to digest foods and consume dairy in moderation. After the baby is two months old, symptoms of food allergy may appear. Some of the symptoms are: diarrhea, rash on the skin and even blood in the stool. It may be a sign of milk allergy. In this case, the breastfeeding mother should immediately switch to a ‘no-dairy diet’.

‘No-dairy diet’

Obviously, ‘the no-dairy diet’ consists of avoiding any dairy products in the diet: butter, cheese, milk, sour cream and yogurt. But these are not the only ones to avoid. Some of the dairy sources are hidden and only the proper examination of labels will help to detect them.
Hidden source of dairy:

  • Whey or whey powder
  • Milk fat
  • Skim milk powder
  • Casein
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Buttermilk
  • Cottage cheese
  • Butter
  • Butter oil
  • Cream cheese
  • ‘Protein’
  • Milk derivatives
  • Modified milk ingredients
  • Milk solids
  • Lactose
  • Artificial butter flavor
  • Curds
  • Half and half
  • Hydrolysates
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactalbumin Phosphate
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Lactulose
  • Nougat

The ‘no-dairy diet’ should be practiced for at least 14 days, since the milk protein lasts that long in the system. This diet should not be confused with a ‘lactose-free diet’; lactose is one of many sources of dairy. And because the natural calcium from the food is missing in the breastfeeding mother’s diet, she should take some supplements. If the ‘no-dairy diet’ is not helping the baby that could mean that the baby allergies come from other food than dairy only or from a completely different allergen. In this case the breastfeeding mother should consider a more severe diet, which is the ‘elimination diet’.

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