Giving up dairy is tough – so here are 4 common things a dairy free new mum might want you to know if you’re a friend or family member.
1. I didn’t choose to give up dairy
Taking out all dairy from my diet is tough. I’m already tired and adjusting to becoming a parent, and now I have to change my diet. I’m doing this for my baby, because their symptoms are breaking my heart. I miss cheese, chocolate and easy to buy, tasty snacks.
It’s really hard not to feel normal, to have another thing to think about right now. I can’t have a normal cheese sandwich, or enjoy biscuits with my friends, because dairy is in so much packaged food, I have to be really careful about what I eat. And that’s hard when you just want cake!
2. Even a small bit of dairy can have an impact
Please don’t say ‘just a bit won’t matter’. I’m not doing this to be difficult, when I eat dairy my baby’s symptoms are bad enough to convince me to go through this dietary change. It could make a difference if I have just a bite of the food, or if you add milk to my mashed potatoes!
I’m not trying to be annoying when you cook for me, or when you offer me a snack, I just need to know its dairy free, because I don’t want to have another night and day of screaming / vomiting / eczema flare up / baby in pain (delete as necessary).
3. My baby is fine with breastmilk
Proteins from food filter through into breast milk and that is why babies can react to cow’s milk in a mother’s diet as well as allergens like soya or peanuts. Breastmilk has been shown to be the best food for babies with allergies, but I’m trying to ensure there is nothing in the milk that will irritate my baby’s health.
4. I might not have all the evidence, but I’m my own researcher, investigating cause and effect
There is no gold standard for diagnosing allergy or intolerance to dairy in a breastfed baby, but I’m doing my own experiment to eliminate it. I know if I eliminate dairy for 6-8 weeks I can then start to investigate what happens when I bring it back into my diet.
If you speak to any new mum who’s baby has a suspected dairy allergy, they are experts on what is causing the symptoms, every day is like a scientific experiment to uncover what is causing their baby to be upset. Please help me with dairy free food and support to try and get this right.
Love, A Dairy Free New Mum
Giving up dairy is tough – so here are 4 common things a dairy free new mum might want you to know if you’re a friend or family member. 1. I didn’t choose to give up dairy Taking out all dairy from my diet is tough. I’m already tired and adjusting to becoming a parent,
Lots of people make promises to themselves at new year to change a habit or implement a new behaviour or hobby. It’s also well known that not everyone will be able to live these promises out. We have put some tips together which cover the areas of life that busy mothers commonly want to improve.
Need some Christmas health tips for kids? The Christmas holidays are full of sugary foods, late nights, excitement and a change of routine. This can be overwhelming for small children at times (and for us as parents!) Here are our top Christmas health tips for kids to help you manage the party season and look
After you have conceived your baby, carried your baby and after you have birthed your baby it is important that you take some time to restore and heal yourself. This is very much a time of giving so it is important to fill yourself back up, so you can best take care of your baby.
We often get asked when is a good time of day for a massage in particular, should massage them before an evening bath or afterwards. Read our thoughts whether baby massage before or after a bath is better. Baby Massage Before A Bath If you massage your baby directly before a bath be careful to
What is colic? Colic is the name given to repeated, frequent episodes of intense crying, commonly late afternoon or early evening. The intense crying can continue for some hours, and is usually inconsolable. Babies with colic tend to be fine between bouts of colic and they generally do not show any other signs of illness.