My daughter had a dairy, soy, and wheat intolerance. When she was about 8 months I was able to slowly start eating everything again but she has still not had soy or dairy herself. She is almost a year now and I plan to continue breast feeding for some time but lately I have noticed something is still giving her some digestion issues. We have random nights where she is gassy and uncomfortable, nursing more than normal, and some days where she wants to nurse small amounts every 1-2 hours and spits up. I am going to start a food diary again for both of us but does anyone have experience with intolerances at this age? Could it be just from my diet and milk still with all the solids she eats? Because I really can't pick out anything she has had different in these situations but my diet is more varied.
My daughter was VERY sensitive to dairy in my diet. I cut it out at 6 weeks and saw improvement within a few days. She is now 15 months old and I'm paranoid of feeding her anything with ANY dairy in it (even cooked--like bread).
I am in the same boat as you. Still Bfing 5-6 times over 24hrs, not planning on stopping anytime soon, but I occasionally consume Dairy myself. We have random bouts of tummy/diaper trouble, and a month or so ago, she spit up a few times. When she did spit up, I had been overdoing my dairy consumption the few days leading up to it (I'm dairy intolerant, so I try to stay away from it, too).
I hope you find answers soon.
Is she teething at all? I've noticed that DD has more gas when she's teething. I think it's from swallowing so much drool, or increased bfing for comfort.
I hadn't thought about teething... She is chewing on more toys the last couple days too. I have decided to try a food diary again and review at the end of each week. I'd hate to be missing something silly that I could stop eating like a spice or peppers. We are also working on transitioning to the crib from co-sleeping and these bad nights really slow our progress.
Related to this.... What do you feed your daughter?? Mine loves to feed herself and never liked pur?ed food and I'm struggling with dairy free lunch and snack ideas now. I feel like she just gets the same stuff over and over.
I'm in the same boat with repetition. It is so hard to offer a varied diet when you can't give dairy. We are also a mostly vegan household. We only have meat about once a week. The only non vegan item we eat semi-regularly is eggs.
Originally Posted by beccasweet
I do give her soy items, that you would want to stay away from if yours is sensitive to soy. And we are light on gluten, but still consume it.
We are lucky enough to be able to say "if it says vegan on the label, then she can have it." You, however, can't do that because soy is in so much of the vegan stuff. :(
I find myself googling "Dairy free ______" when I want to cook something. You might try that or "what to feed my baby with allergies".
Couple of ideas for non dairy finger foods that we do (though DS is getting dairy stuff now):
I make a lot of veggie and bean soups so can give DS the softened veggies and beans (and help feed him the broth)
Cut up pieces of pita with hummus
Falafel with a ND/NS plain yogurt (like a coconut milk one) dip or hummus
veggie noodle casseroles (you could add a meat like chicken, or low mercury tuna like skipjack for more protein) using soy free/dairy free earthbalance butter substitute and unsweetened coconut milk (from carton not can).
I struggled finding dairy/soy free prepared foods that were baby friendly. I was able to rework a lot of recipes that called for butter or milk by using the SF/DF Earth Balance and unsweetened coconut milk from the carton. They saved me when I had to go dairy and soy free for awhile. As a side note, if you are trying to rework a recipe that needs melty cheese, Daiya cheese (DF & SF) works pretty well. Nutritionally, it does not add much though. But I was able to make a decent cheese sauce with it (and coconut milk) for drizzling over steamed brocolli and cauliflower, and even used the grated stuff on pizza and baked potato.
My middle two didnt have problems with dairy when I was nursing, but did have trouble with the transition to cows milk from my milk. I found that almond milk worked well. Then, we were able to slowly switch them to cows milk. A friend of mine switched her kids to a gluten free, dairy free, diet. She just plays around with recipies, usibg things like bannanas, almond or coconut milk, and other things to replace what the kids cant eat. There are all sorts of cook books, and resources online, that can help you change a recipe, or ideas of different foods that you can try. Good luck, i hope that you are able to figure out whats going on soon.
DD started showing a dairy intolerance around 3 or 4 months old. At first I couldn't have any dairy, then it turned to being able to have some. We nursed until 18 months and if I had much dairy at all, she'd wake up a lot in the night from her tummy hurting. She does fine with soy and can eat some things with dairy (like baked goods) but if she has anything other then that, she will get a bad stomach ache and diarrhea so we try to cook with rice or soy milk for her.
It was a pain with nursing because I love cheese and a lot of milk based sauces, but other then that it wasn't too hard for us to exclude dairy.