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Mar 15, 2010
alemom
Breastmilk causing allergies?
Alejandro is almost 8 months old and has eczema and very liquid, explosive poop. He is exclusively breastfed, his reflux seems to be under control with prevacid but he is still having trouble eating solids. I've been religiously following a very stric diet for the last couple of months: no dairy, wheat, soy, eggs and now shellfish, peanuts, rice and corn. Unfortunately he hasn't improved at all with all of these changes in my diet and the dr says its time to stop breastfeeding. We both are so upset with this! we tried elacare vanilla flavored with no success, it seems that neocate mixed with breastmilk is showing some promise. My question to the great moms on this forum is: can I avoid eating something else and continue breastfeeding (I dont mind!!) or should I just give up and do what the dr says. What scares me the most is that she thinks that if we continue breastfeeding and he continues to delay solids he might develop food aversions. I'll just do whatever is best for him, but I just want to make sure because once I stop breastfeeding him, and my milk supply dries out, there is really no going back.
Mar 15, 2010
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Personally, I would not, based on what you have described, immediately jump to weaning from breastmilk. How is his weight? As far as developing a food aversion, what is the basis for this concern? Is he having an aversion to nursing? How does he respond to solids? From a purely nutritional standpoint, breastmilk provides all the nutrients a baby needs until they are about 1 year of age (sometimes much older, as was the case with my son who exclusively breastfed until 2 years due to difficulty with solids). As far as allergies and your breastmilk, are you certain that you have eliminated dairy, soy, wheat and corn? The reason I ask is that those products are hidden under a variety of names in all sorts of processed foods. If you really want to try to eliminate allergens, I highly recommend eating a diet of unprocessed foods (if you don't already). That will also eliminate from your diet some products that are not food (like food coloring, etc) that cause problems for some people.

I also highly recommend a visit to www.llli.org, where you can find the Mother to Mother Forums -- there is a whole forum there about allergies and the breastfeeding family. It's not easy to continue breasfeeding when there are health challenges, but many doctors are far too quick to suggest weaning whenever there's a problem.

Mar 15, 2010
alemom
Thank you so much for your response! Wow, it is great that you nursed him for such a long time! What was the downside of introducing solids so late? do they simply learn later? did you just kept trying with no luck until he was 2? Alejandro weights 20lbs at nearly 8 months, he is rather chubby for his age, so I am not scared that he's not absorbing the nutrients he needs to develop from breastmilk. He does not have an aversion to breastmilk at all, but whenever I try to feed him solids his eczema, which is a constant problem for him, goes crazy, all over his face and body. And yes, I have eliminated all the items i mentioned, it is hard but we are getting used to cooking from scratch almost everyday. Thanks again for your reply, I will check the forum you suggest.
Mar 16, 2010
lorenzomama
Lorenzo b.4/25/07 1 week in NICU w/ aspirate pneumonia from a reflux episode; diagnosed GERD at 9weeks; Used Zantac for 5months. Currently using Chinese Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy. GERD, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder. Ask me about breastfeeding a refluxer! Pic: day 5 in the NICU.
Beginning solids at 6 months is nothing more than a recommendation. There is no developmental window which, if food is not stuffed in while it is open, closes forever, although many a pediatrician acts as though this is the case. He clearly does not currently have a feeding aversion -- why take a path that could potentially create one at this stage?

Personally, I would exclusively breastfeed for now and try to get in to see an allergy specialist. It can be tricky sometimes to determine allergies/intolerances in babies, so why deprive him of the excellent nutrition he is currently getting from your milk during the search for what he CAN eat?

You are doing an awesome job under very difficult circumstances! Hang in there...

Mar 16, 2010
eesmom
Mason Matthew born at 28 weeks on 12/10/2007 with MSPI and severe reflux. Still on Neocate, strict MSPI diet, recently weaned off of Prevacid.
Evalise Adelle came along 4 weeks early on 12/2/2009 we thought we could be without this reflux stuff but no such luck. She's MSPI as well, off of breastmilk :-( and on Neocate for MSPI, has eczema (better with Neocate), and worse reflux than her brother did! Doing Buffer babies and Prevacid-
FWIW, Dr. Sear's talks about the most restrictive elimination diet. If I remember, it is lamb, pears, pear juice, and a few other things. Just Google Dr. Sears elimination diet....
Mar 18, 2010
beth anderson
PAGER Director and original GERD Nerd
Mother of Chris (1988) and Katie (1990)
Author of The Reflux Book
Member of PAGER since 1992
Donor since 1992
A few moms have put THEMSELVES on Neocate or Elecare. It is hypoallergenic and comes in flavored juice boxes. It is not cheap but it would let you clear your body and his of allergens. Then you could add back foods one at a time and watch for reactions. This lets you know once and for all what you are dealing with - allergy or plain reflux.

These high tech, amino acid based formulas were originally developed for astronauts. They are complete nutrition so it should be safe to take them for as long as you need. You will miss eating real food but it isn't necessary. Call Elecare or Neocate and talk to their nutritionists.

Mar 18, 2010
beth anderson
PAGER Director and original GERD Nerd
Mother of Chris (1988) and Katie (1990)
Author of The Reflux Book
Member of PAGER since 1992
Donor since 1992
Need for solids
It is good for your son to get some practice eating solid foods but more to make sure his tongue knows how to handle them than for nutrition. Neocate just introduced a food that looks like rice cereal for just this purpose. They advertised in our last newsletter.
Check with your
doctor first!