So back when our little snuggle bunny was having eating issues they did a barium x-ray test which involved torturing our small 3 week old for about 4 hours at the hospital. She was having episodes of projectile vomiting and hours, no, HOURS of painful gas at night. The pediatrician threw some Zantac medicine at us, saying it was acid-reflux, and that was about it.
However, having foster baby experience we had met and talked with many pediatricians and had learned that for most babies, (not all), Zantac is a useless effort. This is because ALL babies “reflux”, only about 1 out of 10 babies actually need treatment. Also the hours of intestinal gas pains at night were not consistent with Reflux-issues. Also the Barium test that is used to help diagnose Reflux has been proven to be flawed as 80-90% of babies reflux on barium! (If you want more info on this use my contact info on this site and I will send you the research sources.)
So knowing all that I did some more research and found out that in 50% of cases of infants with Reflux issues the actual culprit is a milk protein sensitivity. That even though I am nursing, the milk I drink still passes through my milk and into baby. I read this and it makes TOTAL sense to me. I mean they tell you no cow’s milk for the first year as a child’s digestive system can’t handle it. It makes sense that if milk is passing through my breast milk that it would cause her digestive system to have issues.
And I was consuming a TON of dairy. I didn’t eat chicken throughout my pregnancy because it disgusted me, and we only eat meat a couple of times a week. So to get all the protein I needed I was eating yogurt and drinking milk like crazy. And of course there is the cheese. I LOVE cheese. We once found a 5-year-aged cheddar cheese and I wanted to make out with it, it was THAT good.
So I decided to go completely dairy-free for three weeks, the time it takes for all the milk-protein to get out of the one’s body. And it wasn’t a mater of going lactose-free, if it was I would have been able to eat cheese and drink lactose-free milk. No, babies with this issue are sensitive to the protein in milk, not lactose.
So goodbye sour cream, butter, yogurt, CHEESE, FROSTING. For THREE WEEKS. Plus you would not believe how many other products have milk or milk proteins in them. It’s like ALL of them. So I was constantly reading labels.
BUT, Stella got better! The hours of gas pains she was having and the hours we spent rocking her, walking around with her, driving in the car with her, all went away (except for one night when in a moment of weakness I ate a home-made whoopee pie, SO yummy, but we paid for it). So at the three-week mark we decided to test our little experiment. Was it really the milk or was she just going through a fussy-spell and had now outgrown it?
1-and-a-half days. That’s how long I was back on dairy before we got our answer. The first day I took it easy, had some sour cream on a dish for lunch. We noticed she was a little gassier but nothing major. The next day I upped my game, sour cream again, cheese, and small glass of milk. We, well Jacob (love him!), spent 3 hours holding Stella as she screamed with gas pains that night.
FRIK. I really LOVE cheese. And yogurt, not that over-sugared or artificially sweetened crap, REAL, plain, greek-style yogurt with fresh fruit. Sigh. But I’m going back off dairy. And at our two month check-up I’m going to ask them to do a milk-protein sensitivity test. I’ve read that most babies outgrow this sensitivity by 6 months, but I’d like to know for sure so we have a baseline should she continue to have issues or develop other food issues.
Has anyone else out there had experience with this issue? Any tips or anything I might be missing? Any tips for not crying as I pass the cheese case in the supermarket?