milk protein allergy-- reintroduction

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Registered: 11-30-2007
milk protein allergy-- reintroduction
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Mon, 01-18-2010 - 11:39am

My LO is 8 1/2 mo old. He has a milk protein allergy. It causes severe stomach pain, gas, frothey poops, and lots of vomit (which caused no/low weight gain). I (completely) eliminated dairy from my diet when we found out that all his problems stemmed from the milk protein allergy. We have been dairy free for about 4 months now.


3 months ago I ate chicken fingers (which had milk in them) with ranch dressing (milk) and had cake (milk). That night and the next 2 days my LO screamed his head off. I know he was in horrible pain. I so regretted having that meal.


This last friday I ate a peice of fudge (had milk in it) and he had NO reaction. So the next day I had another peice of it and also NO reaction.


This coming Saturday dh is taking me out for my B-day and a date night(rare for us) . I'm really looking forward to it. Here's my question: Is it too early for me to have a meal that has milk in it? I'm thinking stuffed shells with mozzerella. and Cheesecake for dessert. I don't want to eat this entire meal and cause my sweet LO to be in pain. But I was thinking since he didn't react to the fudge that it might be ok to give a meal a try. What do you guys think????

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 11:55am

If I were you, I might start with one food item with dairy rather than a bunch at once. For some babies, a small amount of hidden dairy might be ok but stuffed shells with cheesecake on top might be too much. Taking it slow is better bet.


Have fun on your date!!


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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 12:10pm

Essentially you have already done a challenge with the fudge and there was no reaction - twice. THis is a good sign. Studies indicate that babies can begin to outgrow food sensitivities between 6-18 months.

http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/food-sensitivity.html#protein

So enjoy your stuffed shells with mozzerella on your date night. ;) FWIW date nights are rare for us too - we go out once a year. lol!



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Registered: 11-30-2007
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 12:11pm

Dana,


Thanks for the quick reply.


1 more question:

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Registered: 11-30-2007
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 12:27pm

Carol,


Just what I wanted to hear! Yay!

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 01-18-2010 - 12:30pm

As far as the alcohol goes if you are sober enough to BF then you are sober enough to drive. "Less than 2% of the alcohol consumed by the mother reaches her blood and milk. Alcohol peaks in mom's blood and milk approximately 1/2-1 hour after drinking" http://www.kellymom.com/health/lifestyle/alcohol.html

So if you are haveing a drink or two there is no reason to pump and dump. On the other hand if you are drinking the whole bottle by yourself.....

Like Dana said I would choose one or the other (somehow I missed the cheesecake part first reading) . Giving EBM would not really matter with the food since it takes 2-3 weeks for dairy protein to clear both mom AND baby's system. Plus as you already mentioned you did have the fudge and baby had no reaction, so enjoy the shells OR the cheesecake and an adult beverage.



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Registered: 11-30-2007
Tue, 01-19-2010 - 11:29am

Carol,


Thanks for all the info. Can't wait for date night this weekend. I don't know how long it's been since we've had one. I'm so excited that LO is* hopefully*

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Registered: 11-30-2007
Sun, 01-24-2010 - 10:25pm

Date

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Mon, 01-25-2010 - 8:45am

Awesome, I'm so glad everything went well and there was no reaction.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 01-25-2010 - 12:53pm
Glad all went well. I agree with Dana. DOn't try everything dairy the first day, but I think you can stop reading labels and just take it slow with the obvious dairy. You know a small bowl of ice cream not the entire carton. lol!



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Registered: 11-30-2007
Mon, 01-25-2010 - 1:23pm

Here's to hoping we are finished with milk allergy!!!!

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