Diet transitions

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Diet transitions

Wasn't sure how to title this thread, but was curious if those of you who had to eliminate stuff from your's or baby's diet while nursing/formula feeding were able to add those things back into your's/baby's diet now (blah- what a long winded sentence - hope you get my drift)?

I had started adding some dairy back into my diet when we were weaning from nursing around nine months. Then after DS's nine month checkup, I started giving him baby yogurt and some freezer breast milk that was pre dairy elimination diet. When he seemed to do okay with that, I have been giving more and more foods with dairy including transitioning to regular formula. He doesn't seem to have the problems he had before (abdominal discomfort, BM changes including some blood) but I am concerned that he is getting small patches of dry skin, maybe eczema, on his body these past couple of months. I have tried changing laundry and bath soaps because I know those can be culprits, even though we were already using really gentle natural stuff. He doesn't seem irritated by this dry skin. It could be the dairy and the only way I would know for sure is if we eliminated it again. I go back and forth as to whether try elimination diet again now or wait until his one year checkup at end of month and discuss it with the pediatrician.

Anyway, curious how it's going for everyone else?

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I had eliminated all dairy and soy from my diet when baby was 6 weeks old. I started introducing foods into my diet again, one by one, around 9 month. Started with foods containing "hidden dairy" such as whey etc, then butter, cheese, yoghurt, and finally milk. When DS had no reaction I started giving him bread with butter, or some butter on his veggies. Then cheese, yoghurt. Haven't introduced cow's milk yet. He seems to be fine but I keep an eye on his diapers.

Oh, and I tried and tried giving him hypoallergenic formula and he would not take it. I finally just caved and gave him regular formula with success.

So I suppose one can say he seems to have overcome whatever was bothering him.

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We were dairy, soy, & wheat free until about 7 months when I added wheat back into my diet. I slowly added dairy back at 8 months and now I am eating whatever I want but I do try to be a little careful about going overboard on dairy. I plan on continuing to breast feed so I probably won't give Claire cows milk for sometime and I would probably do almond milk first anyway. She has been eating wheat just fine but I haven't given her any dairy or soy yet. I was planning on starting dairy after her birthday and letting her have a cupcake with the frosting at her party but now I am undecided. I have just started doing a food diary again because we are having some random bad nights where she is really gassy and fussy so I am trying to see what in my diet or in hers could be causing the issues. I haven't been as careful about hidden dairy/soy in her diet lately so I am thinking that may be the culprit. She will still get a cupcake on her birthday but it may be Vegan.

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"science_gal" wrote:

Oh, and I tried and tried giving him hypoallergenic formula and he would not take it. I finally just caved and gave him regular formula with success.
So I suppose one can say he seems to have overcome whatever was bothering him.

Glad you were able to add stuff in with success. I was glad when we were able to use some non-hypoallergenic formula because the hypoallergenic is so expensive even with coupons. Though I had been able to get some good deals on the hypoallergenic through Ebay (less than $20 a can).

"beccasweet" wrote:

I have just started doing a food diary again because we are having some random bad nights where she is really gassy and fussy so I am trying to see what in my diet or in hers could be causing the issues. I haven't been as careful about hidden dairy/soy in her diet lately so I am thinking that may be the culprit. She will still get a cupcake on her birthday but it may be Vegan.

Hopefully the food diary will help you tease out any disagreeable foods. Vegan cupcakes can be yummy - I had one at work that had chocolate frosting made with avocado, it really helped make the texture creamy so you didn't miss any dairy (it didn't taste like I was eating guacamole Lol

Oh, and I wanted to pass this along in case anyone has a hard time finding DF/SF baking chocolate. I've used these mainly for making lactation cookies in the past when I was still nursing. The chips taste really good and chocolatey.
http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-for-baking/

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My daughter seemed to be sensitive to some dairy when I was pumping for her but I wasn't sure what the deal was. I stopped pumping completely a month ago and have had pizza twice! My daughter tried straight whole milk the other day and had an allergic reaction with a big cheek rash.