Thursday, August 18, 2011

You want me to do what?!?!?

When Evie was about 3 - 4 weeks old, I began to notice her gulping and gasping while I nursed her.  After breastfeeding, she would scream and cry for sometimes two to three hours until she would finally fall asleep out of exhaustion.  Being a new, first time mom, I thought that I was probably doing something wrong.  I called the lactation consultants at the hospital, I researched for answers online, and I came up with a few answers:
1. My let down was too strong/fast for her.
2. She had acid reflux.
3. Nothing was wrong, that's just how she and I worked together.  (The last answer was obviously the most troubling.) 

Then one night, I fed her and she did not stop crying for about 5 hours.  I called the nurse on call because my pediatrician's office was closed, and I tried my best to comfort her.  It seemed endless.  I made an appointment and took her in to her doctor first thing in the morning.  He diagnosed a milk protein allergy.  He said, "Cut dairy out of your diet, and I bet you'll have a happy baby again."  He also asked me to come back with poopy diapers from 4 separate days so that he could confirm the diagnosis.

At first I thought, "No big deal.  I'll cut out dairy."  Then I really thought about it.  I gave up all dairy on the spot, and Evie was a happy baby by the end of that week.  It was VERY difficult at first, but the thought of her crying and being miserable was enough to help me pass up cheese, ice cream, and every food with milk listed as an ingredient for almost 6 months. 

This was one of my breastfeeding victories.  I would never have believed that I could change my diet that much, or that I would be willing to do that.  Many, many friends and family members asked me why I didn't just quit and switch to formula.  In my mind, it was always a fairly easy choice - it's what I needed to do to give my daughter what I thought was best for her.  The benefits of breastfeeding outweighed this sacrifice in every way.  I would do it all over again!


The Gnome's Mom said...

I know a couple of women that have had to give up dairy completely and have done so without a second thought. The things you can do for your children are amazing!

Corinne said...

I'm a dairy free momma too! At 6 months now, I am thinking of slowly starting to see if she can tolerate it. Maybe a selfish reason, we are going to Chicago in a few weeks, and I just want onnnnneeee piece of pizza!!!

Good job momma. It was an easy choice for me too.

The Slacker Mom said...

My first thought was- I could never do that! But I'm sure if I were put in your shoes, I would make the same choice. Great job!

babEblessings said...

Grayson has the same thing. I'm off dairy until he's a year at least. Great job on giving it up! and after a month or two it's not that bad.

James and Jax blog said...

I gave up dairy for about a month and it was the hardest thing! I added it back in because I hadn't seen any improvement in things. My son simply grew out of his colic & things improved eventually. Way to go! You deserve to celebrate! :) said...

Congratulations on your victory! That had to be really challenging. The things we do for these babies! :)

mamaburgher said...

Congratulations! You definitely deserve the celebration! My daughter has a milk allergy, but I couldn't go dairy free. Great to hear that it worked for you!

Jen - LifeWithLevi said...

Congratulations!! I just recently started adding dairy back into my diet. It's crazy how much "hidden dairy" there is in foods. It's everywhere!

But I gotta say, that first bite of cheesecake after 10 months - bliss.

You're amazing and I'm so glad you shared your story for this week's Breastfeeding Blog Hop!

Candida said...

Wow- living without cheese! Milk in coffee! ICE CREAM!

Much props to you- I know that was hard!!!

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