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Why should I go dairy-free?
Due to the fact that dairy is the most common sensitivity in babies, generally mamas pursue a dairy-free diet for the benefit of their babies (while there are also many benefits for mom as well). If their babies show signs of a diary sensitivity, that’s when a non-dairy diet is put into place.
Furthermore a dairy sensitivity can look like:
- Immoderate fussiness
- Immoderate throwing up/spitting up
- Trouble breathing or Asthma
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So now what?
First of all, there is a difference between a dairy protein intolerance and a lactose intolerance.
To begin your dairy-free diet, I recommend starting with lactose. Remove all lactose and products containing lactose from your diet for 2-3 weeks. If you notice a positive difference in your child’s symptoms, reintroduce lactose back into your diet. Now is your chance to enjoy a big bowl of ice cream Mama! (Relish in this, as it may be your last time for awhile, .just being honest!) The severity of the first reaction to dairy should tell you how much or whether or not to reintroduce it back into both of your diets.
However, if your baby’s symptoms are not better, try taking out ALL dairy products from your diet. While participating in the elimination diet, it is important to remember that your baby’s symptoms may get worse before they get better (you know, sort of like a bruise). Also, although the average time that the symptoms may take to go away is 5-7 days, it could take longer.
Help me! What do I eat?
Essentially, if your baby is only lactose intolerant, than you only have to remove lactose. However if he or she is sensitive to the protein in dairy, than removing lactose alone will not help in any way.
I know, things are looking quite down for your love for cheese right about now; but, I have some good news! Depending on the harshness of the reaction, you may only have to limit your daily intake of dairy.
Here are my best tips to living dairy-free:
- Learn to read labels: If the item contains dairy, it will be listed at the bottom of the label, below the ingredients.
- Find alternatives to indulge in: What’s life without yummy food. Being dairy-free does limit you but doesn’t take away all yummy foods. My absolute favorite indulgent foods are these chocolate muffins and this dairy-free ice cream.
- Know how to order at a restaurant: Ask about their dairy-free options. If they claim to not have any, stick with the basics. A meat and side will do you justice.
- Eat more: Because you are breastfeeding, plus not eating dairy, it is essential to refuel your body.
- Do it for the kids: Remember, it’s not forever, it is only a season in your life! (THERE IS A FINISH LINE.)
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But Mama, THERE ARE SO MANY BENEFITS!
- Aids digestion and helps with bloating.
- Can help with weight loss
- Helps prevent congestion and is better for your breathing.
- Aids with clearer skin.
- Promotes a healthy diet
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