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My Baby Has Severe Food Allergies

Kathleen Tackett's picture

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Dear Lactation Consultant,
I have a 14-month-old who has had failure to thrive, blood in the stools, purple mottling and various other health problems. Jillian has recently been diagnosed as allergic to several things -- dairy, soy, corn, shellfish and another couple. I have been advised to wean. Anyway, here's my question. How long does it takes for a food to leave the system (breast milk wise) after I eat it -- for example, if I want shellfish, but Jillian can't have any, how long does it effect the milk?

Nursing My newborn. What's Normal?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
How long should a baby breastfeed at one sitting to know they are getting enough nutrition? My son is 6 days old and his nursing time varies from 20 minutes to 1 hour total feeding time. I worry when he only eats for 20 minutes, should I be? Is he still getting milk at 1 hour or is he just pacifying at that point? Is it ok to nurse only on one breast at a time rather than switching after a while?

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