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Saturday, September 20, 2008

hmmmm. might have found the culprit?

i've been doing tons of research on colic and breastfeeding....and we've put a couple of things into practice which (seem) to have helped.

first, the lactation consultants/websites i've talked to concerning diet all seemed to agree that you should be able to eat a normal diet without affecting the baby. there are "fuss foods" which if eaten in a large quantity can upset the stomach, but since what you eat goes into your digestive system and your milk is made from what passes through your bloodstream, the idea that you can eat whatever make sense.....

HOWEVER, with colicky babies one of the first things you can try is eliminating dairy. this is because sometimes the milk protein is something the baby can have a sensitivity to.
anyone who knows me knows i'm a cheesehead. not only cheese, but i love all dairy foods. I was eating cheese for just about every meal on or in something; and i also love sour cream, ice cream, yogurt, etc. Needless to say I was eating a ton of dairy.

Today is day 4 of total dairy elimination.

Yesterday Jaxon did not have his usual crying jag from 3-8pm. He also only woke twice to eat and only had a minor gas episode at 4 am. This is HUGE improvement over the past couple weeks.

I'm not going to say that the dairy elimination was effective until we ride this thing out. But you better believe I'm still dairy free! It take two full weeks for the dairy to be completely out of the system, so I've been label reading and just being really careful to eat nothing made with milk, butter, creams, etc. We've definitely had to be creative!

If you have any ideas as to what I can eat I'll take them!
I'm sticking to meats, some bread, veggies and salads, etc. It is so hard to think about meal planning when you cant add butter, milk, or cheese though.



Blogger Kelly said...

Wow! That would be so hard. But it sounds like your plan is already working. Here's a suggestion. I made a veggie pizza last night. You could leave out the shredded cheese and probably wouldn't even miss it. I bought a Pillsbury pizza crust, brushed some olive oil on. Then mixed oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, small amt of red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and parmesan cheese (but you wouldn't miss it either). I put a small amount of tomato sauce and added whatever veggies I had. Bell pepper, frozen spinach, shredded carrots, onion, black olives, artichoke hearts, and sliced tomatoes. It was very yummy! Hope the idea helps!

9/22/2008 11:10 PM  

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