Dairy Elimination Update

UGH! I’m feeling really defeated right now. I’ve been on the dairy/soy elimination diet for over two weeks now and there has been no improvement in Charlotte’s stool. In fact, yesterday I saw blood again. I called my doc and she’s recommending switching Charlie to a special formula for a week while I totally detox my body (only eating whole food prepared by me), but said that if I want to give it another week, that would be fine.

I’m a total breastfeeding lover, so of course, I don’t want to give my sweet baby formula. BUT, I’m worried that I’m being selfish.

My plan is to totally cut out anything and everything that could be a culprit. That includes dairy, soy, nuts (almonds), beef, eggs, wheat, corn and shellfish. I’m not sure what that leaves to eat, but I’d literally eat only celery if it meant that I could healthily continue breastfeeding my sweet pumpkin.

But in the meantime, while I’m detoxing, I feel like I need to give her the formula and it pretty much breaks my heart.

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15 thoughts on “Dairy Elimination Update

  1. Hey Mel did your doc rule out an infection? My friend dealt with this and did the whole elimination diet and found it wasn’t an allergy but that it was a bacterial infection. Just a thought? Such a bummer, hope she’s feeling okay.

  2. Dont give up momma!! I had to cut out dairy in the beginning as well and they say it can take several weeks before the milk protein is out of your body. 😦 A great mom does whatever it takes to help their baby and you’re doing it! I was really sad when we had to supplement with formula for a little while but we did it and after 1 1/2 months of that we were able to stop 🙂

  3. Sounds like a tough road ahead but I’m sure you can do this!! If it will make her feel better, I know you will make it work. Good luck taking the necessary steps, it will be tough but just know you can do it! 🙂

  4. This has to be difficult, but like someone else said, make sure they have eliminated other possibilities too because she could have and infection. Getting rid of milk in your diet will not help that. Plus make sure you do not have an infection (although I am sure you would know if you had something like mastitis). Also it can take several weeks for the milk protein to get out of your system, and several weeks after it is out of your system, to get out of hers. We had to go through several formulas before finding one that worked for my daughter and it took about a month with each one to get out of her system. With that being said, has her doctor told you what formula to use if you decide to go that route, because obviously you wouldn’t want to use a milk based formula, we ended up using soy.
    With that all being said, you will make the right choice for you and your daughter I am sure!! Good luck with everything!

    • Thank you! We did neocate formula for a couple days, but went back to breastfeeding shortly after. I’ve been doing the total elimination diet for just about a week now, which seems to be helping. I’ll post details soon!

  5. Dang! That’s so tough! I eat gluten free (no wheat, oats, barley, malt, etc) and substitute rice for a lot of my previous go to meal options. Pinterest has many good dairy and gluten free options and I’ve found that you can easily substitute a gluten free flour for almost all of your regular wheat flours. GOOD LUCK! I hope you get it all figured out!

  6. I’ve thrown around the idea of doing the total elimination diet as well, due to my baby Brady’s severe gas issues and acid reflux. He is NOT happy… The doctor didn’t find any blood in Brady’s stool, but I’m still scared that something I’m eating might be bothering his tummy. This week, I’m supposed to try gripe water and gas drops. But if that doesn’t help, I do need to try the elimination to help narrow down what the issue might be. So I feel you on this…
    My sister is a nutritionist. If you need food ideas of what you CAN eat, let me know, and I’ll give you her email address. 🙂 She might have some suggestions…

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