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Monday, January 10, 2011

Breastfeeding and Dairy Elimination

Up to half of babies exhibiting signs of colic, gas, reflux, etc, that cause discomfort and fussiness may be helped if the Mom eliminates dairy from her diet.

The recommendation with this is to cut out all dairy for 2 weeks, see if there is an improvement, and if there is, either avoid dairy completely or begin to reintroduce it until you see how much you can eat without it affecting the baby--most babies can handle SOME dairy.

On another note, there are significant benefits (to the Mom) to not eating dairy at all, including a reduction in colds and allergies, a reduction in daily calories, and less digestive issues overall. Most people are, in fact, lactose intolerant. Human bodies are not made to process lactose after the natural age of weaning (2-7 years), and so it can cause a variety of additional health problems when ingested often by teens and adults.

In terms of health, not eating any dairy, or eating it sparingly and for special occasions only, is generally better for most people.


Marilyn said...

I have cut down on dairy pretty drastically with the exception being actual cheese (on pizza, grilled cheese, etc). But as far as milk, butter, yogurt - my other big dairy consumptions - I have been switched over to non-dairy versions since around this past summer. It has made a HUGE difference in my acne - it honestly is gone except I get a little around my period still. But my acne used to be so much worse!

Holly said...

I really appreciate this post and your last one. We just found out that my son is mildly allergic to milk, and we need to cut it out entirely to give him a chance to grow out of it before it's too late. I feel SO lost in terms of what to feed him, especially as I wanted to wean him, and I don't know what to wean him onto!

Also, It's interesting, because he used to spit up really bad when he was really little. There would just be so much, we would go through a receiving blanket with every feed. Then it stopped, seemingly out of the blue, but just as I was writing this comment, I remembered that it stopped right around when I stopped eating yogurt for breakfast every day. Now I barely have any milk and he's fine. Crazy.

Thanks so much!

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