Thursday, May 3, 2012
Off dairy while nursing, again
Then I had Charles who didn't have any major problems with spitting up or gas or crying all the time and I realized Elisabeth must have been special. Then Annabelle came along and she would spit up and cry more like Elisabeth. So I did some research.
I found out that a huge percentage of babies have diary sensitivities that they eventually grow out of which makes sense since babies aren't allowed to drink cows milk until they are one. Also, if you're nursing, some of that dairy goes through to baby. So I decided to cut out dairy since babies only nourishment was my breast milk. I was able to slowly add in a few dairy items likes yogurt and a little cheese, but milk, ice cream and sour cream were the big culprits. Then when I had Jane, the same thing happened so for several months I just went off dairy completely. And now, we're doing it again with Miss Nora, and we'll try it for a few weeks and see if there's a difference. If there is, I'll continue without dairy for at least several months before we try a little again. And if there's not much of a difference after these first few weeks, then I'll allow myself to have a little again. When we first started doing it with Annabelle I thought to myself, 'what in the world am I supposed to eat and feed my family if I can't have dairy?' because we ate cheese daily and quite a few meals had some sort of cream of something inside. But now I actually don't mind. We've come up with lots of menu options over the years that I love that don't have any dairy and we eat those meals regularly, so this time around, it hasn't been much of an adjustment.