Monday, January 17, 2011
SUZI: Dairy Fasting
A lot of you know that Cooper had tummy problems for the first few months of his life. (You might remember the entry about Bio Gaia probiotic drops several months ago.) I did everything I could think of to help him - from tummy rubs to avoiding any food in my diet that could even remotely affect him. If I read about some food that bothered breastfed babies, I knocked it out of my diet.
One of those things was dairy. Cooper didn't have any signs of a major reaction to dairy in my diet, but he did seem to be slightly sensitive. His doctor suggested I try to cut out dairy (or at least cut back) to see if it made a difference for him. I eliminated all obvious sources of dairy and have kept it up for several months. Upon doing so, I realized just how much dairy I eat. I drink quite a bit of milk. I love yogurt. And cheese. And cream in my coffee. And ice cream. It's amazing how many things have dairy in them. It did seem to make a difference for the little guy, so of course it was worth it. But it hasn't been easy.
Many people say babies can outgrow this sensitivity by 6 months. I waited until Cooper turned 7 months and then started adding small amounts of dairy back into my diet. It's amazing...when you haven't had milk for a while, even skim milk can taste like cream. I bought a wedge of brie and it was gone way too soon. Cereal just tastes better with milk on it. There was a sale on ice cream at the store - Scott got one container, and I got two. Scott got me a gift certificate to Cold Stone Creamery that hopefully we'll enjoy when we return.
Of course, I'd continue this "dairy fast" if I thought it would help him, but thankfully, Cooper seems to be dealing fine with this change in my diet. All I can say is dairy is back and I'm pleased as punch!