Dairy Sensitivity in Breastfed Infants - Page 2
Elimination Diets for Breastfeeding Moms
One of the easiest ways to tell if your baby is sensitive to dairy is to eliminate it from your diet. There are two approaches you can take when trying to see if your baby has a food allergy. Some moms will use a total elimination diet like the one recommended by Dr. Sears. This will eliminate most of the common culprits for food allergies from your diet. Then you can gradually add foods back to your diet and see how your baby responds. Another approach is a dairy elimination diet. Since dairy is the most common food allergy, this may be easier than trying to do away with all potential allergens from your diet. It is easier to follow and if your baby’s symptoms go away from cutting out dairy, this may be all that is necessary. It may take a few weeks to get dairy completely out of your system, but after a couple weeks you should start to see improvement in your baby if dairy is the problem. If you aren’t sure, you can try adding dairy back in and see how your baby responds.
Most babies outgrow milk allergies once their digestive system is a little more mature. You can try reintroducing dairy once your baby is around six months and see how he responds. If he is still having problems with it, try again when he is around a year old. By three, most children will have outgrown their sensitivity to dairy.