Posted By Posting
Feb 05, 2011
is something wrong with my milk?
I am still figuring out what to do with my 4-month-old, but people keep suggesting that maybe he is bothered/ allergic to my milk. Is that possible? Right now he is exclusively breastfed and taking Zantac... I have heard of babies being bothered by things their mom ate, but can the actual breast milk be the problem???
Feb 06, 2011
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.
It is EXTREMELY rare for a baby to be allergic to his/her mother's breastmilk, however, it is very common for babies to react to things consumed by their mothers which make their way into the breastmilk. Most breastfeeding mothers who are trying to determine allergies/intolerance do some form of elimination diet to try to pinpoint the cause -- sometimes it is obvious pretty quickly what the trouble it, sometimes it is much more challenging, and sometimes it is simply never clear. If you are looking for help in determining if something you are consuming is causing trouble, you may want to visit the La Leche League Mother to Mother Forums at, where you will find a forum titled Allergies and the Breastfeeding Family and loads of helpful advice from many mother's who have BTDT with allergies and breastfeeding, elimination diets, etc.

Also, Zantac tends to be one of the least effective medications for babies with significant reflux (not that it doesn't work, it just seems that it doesn't work well enough for an awful lot of little refluxers). It is also VERY weight sensitive, so if it has been successful in the past and stops being so, it is important to verify that the dose is an accurate one with the current weight. You may also want to consult with your child's doctor about switching to a PPI, which many refluxers seem to respond well to.

Feb 06, 2011
Debbie, Mom to:
Derek,10/29/02 GERD,Can't have any legumes(soy, being the worse), allergic to PN/Tree Nuts, struggled to gain weight for years, my "picky" eater,Takes Zegerid. Johnny, 12/05/99 GERD, managed by diet, allergic to cashews/pistachios.
I used to get that from people too. Most people who say that just don't know any other reason. A baby would have to be born with a severe lactase allergy/intolerance, which is quite rare. I agree with the other post. It's more likely the zantac isn't enough. My son is 8 now and suffered on zantac for 4 yrs before I finally had enough courage to INSIST on trying a PPI. Before that we tried multiple elimination diets, he never ate well or gained weight well, even though the zantac kept getting increased. Once he was on the PPI twice a day, once a day was never enough coverage, he ate more than ever! Keep pushing the doctor, call the nurse, call LaLeche League, switch doctors, whatever you need to do. Are you seeing a good GI? Most Pediatricians don't know much about prescribing PPI's for children, they typically do zantac and pepcid, I went through 3 Pediatricians with my son, and the GI was the only one that helped us.
Feb 11, 2011
Noah 6 years
Paige almost 4 (GERD graduate!)
Soren 11 weeks - (GERD, Soy and Dairy sensitive) 15mg prevacid + 2mg zantac
I agree with the others - also if your baby was allergic to your milk you would see a lot of troubling symptoms. Lack of weight gain etc.... We had to switch from Zantac to a PPI early on and I had to cut all soy and dairy. I considered switching to formula but had two friends with reflux babies who were FF and going from regular to soy to the third kind didn't help anything and was super expensive so I found it easier and nicer to just give up the dairy and soy instead.
Check with your
doctor first!