Shortly after finding out I am pregnant for the second time, the anxiety crept in and I started to worry that this baby will have a milk allergy as did my first one. I did a lot of research and I decided to go completely dairy free again which wasn’t a big deal since I hardly ate any dairy anyway. I tried to remove other allergens like soy and some nuts but not 100%.
The chances that this baby will have a milk allergy were 50/50 due to my genetic disposition and I felt like if I improve my diet there is a slight chance that I could get away this time! I was also absolutely desperate to breastfeed successfully and so I contacted lactation specialists, read lots of books and tried my best to be positive about all outcomes.
My pregnancy was again plain sailing and my birth was thanks to hypnobirthing truly amazing. I also started producing colostrum prior to birth which made me so positive about breastfeeding.
To make a long story short, after a great start, baby soon started developing symptoms of a milk allergy. The screaming came, no sleep, crying in pain, reflux, mucus in stools, bright green poos. The only difference this time was that I successfully breastfed and baby girl was gaining good amount of weight. I was on a dairy free diet and as per some advice I also cut out about ten other allergens out of my diet. Soon I was living on very limited diet, I was loosing weight and I wasn’t happy and I was exhausted. If you are a mum, trying to figure out elimination diet, check out TED diet. It helped a lot of people but quite frankly it wasn’t for me.
At exactly three months old I made a very hard decision to put baby Cassie on Neocate again (amino acid based formula). The first night after she was fed her formula she only woke up twice (it was about every ten minutes before). I felt like I am doing the right thing despite being heartbroken about not being to able to breastfeed her. Very slowly she started to improve and soon we had a smiley, happy baby we longed for.
Fast-forward about six months and here I am feeding a chubby nine month old baby Cassie who is thriving and loves her food. We are still following dairy free diet and I am still worried about other food allergies, but for now things are going well. As for Phoebe, she is nearly four and she is able to eat any dairy products with no issues.
I am still not quite sure why my babies reacted so badly to some proteins in my diet. I continue to read about these issues and I am always happy to help other parents with advice. As i mentioned before, this journey changed my outlook on food industry and I am more aware about the food choices we make.