Like most people, I SWORE I had parenting all figured out before I actually, you know, was a parent.
My family gives me crap all.the.time because I swore I would never do approximately 98% of the things that I do regarding parenting my kids. (I still find it really strange to type kidS!)
One of the things I could never understand was how or why anyone would EVER want to give up dairy to continue breastfeeding. Formula is fine, why put yourself through that nonsense especially when breastfeeding can be hard enough. Ice Cream, Cheese, all amazing foods in my book. And let’s be serious, what good is an oreo without milk? (remember I had a baby with MSPI and reflux once who survived just fine on Alimentum and Prevacid!)
And then, I had another baby who I decided to breastfeed. Who appears to have a big issue with dairy (and soy, I think). Not a huge surprise since her sister did too – but here I am shoving my foot in my mouth again. Because I gave up dairy last week. Without even really thinking twice about it because my baby is hurting and I would do anything to make sure she is happy. And, while I don’t LOVE breastfeeding – I do enjoy it enough not to quit it just because I can’t have a milkshake.
Aleesia is less gassy (that girl had some horrendous smelling gas!) and her skin is much less red and blotchy. She still has a lot of reflux that quite obviously makes her uncomfortable but it is slightly improved from what it was this time last week.
I did cut out dairy totally but have still been eating some soy (in stuff, like soy milk in my coffee at Starbucks) and I think that the soy has to go also. Which is a lot harder than just dairy, but that’s okay.
It is not easy. And I never really paid any attention to food labels/ingredient lists. But it is enough to make your head spin – and your stomach churn a little – when you look at the list on something you think should be so simple and there are about a million things on there that you can’t even pronounce. I already don’t eat “enough” so not being able to calorie-load on ice cream or greek yogurt is crappy but I am finding some (not necessarily as satisfying) other high-calorie non-dairy alternatives. And I really like almond milk, so that’s an easy switch! There are also so many great resources out there of what is good/not good to buy and good recipes (that I haven’t yet tried). I think the change in diet, while maybe or maybe not forever, will be a good one and hopefully will help “clean up” some of the junk we tend to eat out of convenience.
The hardest part is just waiting to see a change. and not comparing this experience to the one we had with Gianna. I have been considering putting her on a probiotic as well, there is a lot of information out there that supports their use in babies.
While I am morning the loss of ice cream and greek yogurt and cheese – I am just keeping my fingers crossed that we are on our way to a happy baby. and add another thing on to the “I had no clue what the hell I was talking about when I said that” list.