My daughter started acting colicky at about 3 weeks, and I have been doing everything I can to get through the days and try to help her. It is so hard seeing her scream. I have been reading that colic can be linked to the mother’s diet, so I am giving up my first love dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. Oh, how I miss them and want to bite into a big block of cheese. I am also cutting out other foods that can be very sensitive like soy, peanuts, eggs, and citrus. I hope it helps, because I am missing my favorite foods. It will be well worth it if it calms her little tummy and loud cries. I know it has worked for others and is worth trying.
We have been dealing with lots of green poops and screaming spells, and I also learned in my research that this could be because of a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance (http://www.llli.org/FAQ/oversupply.html). I am pretty sure this is what is go on along with the dairy thing. My son was a great nurser and did not have this problem with him. He was colicky and wish I would have known more about the dairy thing with him. But each child is different and she is a different eater.
I have found some very helpful sites on giving up dairy like http://www.beanmom.com/nomilk.html and http://www.thefussybabysite.com/coping/non-dairy-diet-and-breastfeeding.
I have learned there are a lot of hidden words for dairy and it is almost everything I eat. Even hot dogs and deli meats can have dairy in them. Boar’s Head turkey is dairy free and there is always PB & J.
I have been eating a lot of plain sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, zucchini and squash, pears, and vegetable soup. There is an elimination diet to see what the allergen is, and I have been taking from that but have not done it completely. It is at http://askdrsears.com/html/4/T041200.asp.
Thanksgiving and Christmas were hard but mashed potatoes are pretty good made with chicken broth and most pies are dairy free. There are a lot of great dairy free and vegan recipes out there. Check out http://www.godairyfree.org/Table/Recipes/. I am learning to love rice milk, almond milk, and vegan banana bread is so good. Rice Dream ice cream is not too bad and graham crackers are my favorite snack. I am having a hard time some days with what I should eat or can eat, but am figuring it out. It takes some planning and preparing. I will post some of my favorites dairy free recipes later. Goodbye ice cream, yogurt, cheese, and all food yummy.
I have a crazy sweet tooth and here was my first attempt of Rice Dream chocolate chip cookies.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3/4 cup carob or chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Rice Dream Classic Original or Vanilla
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop by scoop or spoon onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Bake 10 – 20 minutes (depending on size) until edges begin to brown.
The dough was actually really good and the cookies reminded me of chocolate chip pancakes. They worked for my sweet tooth. It has been hard going dairy free, and I go through good and bad spurts. I eat a little something that has dairy in it and my baby girl screams at me later. It is not worth it and hopefully since the holidays have passed, I will do better. She seems to be doing better since she has gotten older and my milk flow had balanced a bit too.