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Breastfeeding Update: Dealing with Food Sensitivities

“I’ve never been lucky. And I’m not talkin’ about the lottery, I’m talkin’ about stuff like developing a soy allergy at thirty-five. Who gets a soy allergy at thirty-five? And why is soy in everything?”

-Darrell Philbin, “The Office”

I feel like I have been on such a journey with breastfeeding. Our newest thing is food sensitivities. Charley has been very uncomfortable for quite some time now. I’d say at about four weeks old she started having awful days where she would scream and scream. I thought it was the formula we had just recently started. So with our pediatrician’s okay, we stopped supplementing formula, because I had a jump in my supply and she had started gaining weight. It seemed to have helped for awhile. But two weeks later, maybe three, she started becoming increasingly uncomfortable again.

She would cry for six hours straight, only relaxing during feeding times. Her stools were somewhat mucous-like, which I didn’t think was odd, because she had always had those type of stools. I was talking to my friend and she mentioned that her daughter went through all the same symptoms and it was due to a milk protein allergy. I called my pediatrician and they agreed that it sounded like she could potentially have one, so that day I stopped dairy–or so I thought I did.

For about ten days I eliminated dairy, excluding butter. No other reason than simply it’s hard to avoid butter in restaurants and I was uneducated in thinking it wouldn’t be an issue. But, after ten days we still weren’t noticing a difference. Did you know there is dairy in ramen? I didn’t! At least the kind I was eating for a week while I was supposed to be dairy free. I didn’t even think to look, because it seems highly unlikely there would be dairy in ramen, but there is. So the whole time I thought I was dairy free (minus the butter) I was not. So after that little mishap I am officially dairy free including butter.

During this first official week she has still been screaming a lot and if we were going to get through it, we had to find something else to help her while the dairy left both of our systems. So after about a billion people told me about the Gerber Probiotic Drops I finally made the plunge and purchased it. They are not cheap, but after a day and a half using it she has more periods during the day where she’s awake and not screaming, Hallelujah! I did save myself some money and bought the Walgreens brand to try it out first.

Many people have said that there is a 70% chance that she is also allergic to soy, which is my reasoning for my quote above. Because of course with that high of odds, it is most likely going to be the case. I haven’t eliminated soy yet, but I’m dreading it, because soy literally is in everything.

I’ve also noticed a drop in my supply, so I am hoping this is just temporary as my body figures out what I am doing with my diet so I am loading up on my Bodyarmor drinks, because that so far is the only thing I have noticed to help my supply. Food sensitivities are not fun and it almost makes breastfeeding seem impossible and not worth it. I’ve noticed her getting a little upset with possibly tomatoes or onions, I haven’t figured out which one is the culprit yet. It’s just so weird, because Scarlett has zero food sensitivities. I have a few. But, it’s so weird how one baby can have none and the other can have a billion.

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