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Hi! I'm new, looking for some breastfeeding/restricted diet food suggestions! (long)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Hello All! (C/N at bottom)

I recently started eating similarly to Paleo without meaning to be going on a "Paleo" diet. In November, my then just over 2 month old son was diagnosed with food intolerances. "Food for a 2 month old?" you may be asking...not quite, his intolerances are to foods I eat and subsequent intact proteins he gets from me through breastmilk. Insane, I know. Sadly, this is apparently a somewhat common issue, lots of babies can't tolerate foods mom eats, but the most common foods that give babies troubles are dairy and soy. Go figure.

So the first steps for us were cutting dairy out of my diet and starting a food journal.

That helped, a lot. He improved most dramatically with that dietary change, however he still wasn't where he should have been.

Because about 50% of babies who are dairy intolerant are also soy intolerant, I cut that next. (and a few Top 8 also- nuts, peanuts, eggs, shellfish, fish, but not wheat-duh) It didn't seem to help. Next I decided to go to the straight total elimination diet. So for nearly a month I ate about 12 things -bison, duck, sweet potato, white potato, quinoa, oatmeal (helps with milk production), zucchini, yellow squash, pear, banana, coconut milk, olive oil, chamomile tea, maple syrup, and a shit-ton of potato chips (had to keep calories up to maintain milk supply). I fried everything I could, added onion back in very quickly so I didn't go totally insane.

He reached an almost baseline, I reached an almost depression, so I started trialing foods back in. That's when I found out he reacted to wheat, then corn. I kicked myself for not going top 8 earlier. He also reacts, altho not as strongly, to cruciferous veggies, and some other salad greens. Garlic gets him some, as does citrus. So those are out. Fish is ok, as are eggs (woot!). He's sensitive enough to dairy that he reacts to both casein and whey, so most processed meats are out (not that I ate much to begin with...Applegate farms is my savior for bacon)

He's eating some solids now, starting with the foods I ate which we knew he could tolerate, and doing pretty well. His favorite is, of course, meat.

So now I'm at this point, where I have probably a while left of breastfeeding (he's almost 8 months old, goal was 12 months, but we definitely won't be switching to other mammalian milk now so I'm on the hook a while longer), and I've run out of ideas of what I can eat.

so here's my question (haha long intro!) Help! any ideas on foods?

He seems to be getting less sensitive, if he reacts, the symptoms are MUCH more mild than they were, and I think that's due in part to the fact that his gut finally matured some and he's got a decent colony now so things are easier to handle.

Here's what I'm eating now that are generally ok with him - Zucchini, tomatoes, yellow squash, minimal green beans, bell pepper, potato, sweet potato, onion, fennel, rice and oatmeal (not strictly paleo, I know), avocado, banana, melon, apple, pear, berries, coconut milk, coconut oil, fish, beef, chicken (can't stand duck for a while), bison, chamomile, earl grey, and chai teas, basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, garam masala.

Any and all suggestions on foods to eat would be MUCH appreciated. Other than the greenbeans, I haven't trialed any other legumes, I also haven't trialed nuts back in. Those are on my list for the next foods to try. If those pass, then that opens a lot up for me.

Feeling kind of stuck with these foods, there's only so many ways you can rearrange the ingredients to make different meals

I've done a lot of research over the last 6 months and am astounded at how many moms are facing these same issues. It's really pretty sad.

Thanks!

C/N- My baby can't tolerate my breastmilk based on foods I eat - especially dairy, soy, wheat, cruciferous, salad greens. Looking for suggestions on foods so I don't go insane.

Edit: Carrots, parsnips, and celery are all ok, too. I also take an allergen-free prenatal vitamin as well as a prenatal DHA supplement.

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on April 25, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Thanks Kristen!

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:35 PM

Sorry I don't have any helpful suggestions, but a very inspiring post! Great work on being strict for the sake of your kid. :)

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:26 PM

And yes, to clarify, I am trying to branch out and trial new foods in to attempt to broaden my "safe" list. Sorry that wasn't clear, half asleep last night while writing my OP. Thanks!

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Thanks! I think my problem at this point is that I've had to only buy foods on the "safe" list for what feels so long now, that I feel like my brain is stuck on them and I can't branch out. Epitome of in a rut. The different types of onions and potatoes suggestion is great. I did leaks the other day and that was a nice change, I have to remember to branch out on potatoes too. I live in South Florida so we tend to have a nice selection of tropical fruit so I forget that's another area where I can branch out. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll look for alligator too! Thanks!

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on April 24, 2012
at 06:11 AM

Nice Post and love the breast feeding!

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:06 AM

addendum: Carrots, parsnips, and Celery are all ok too.

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:31 AM

I'm not sure if you're asking about other foods to include in your diet that aren't in your "safe" list, and I'm afraid to suggest anything new because your son seems to react to a lot of different foods so I'm mostly suggesting different variations of what you already have with a few new suggestions that may or may not work for you.

Could you give us an idea of how you're cooking right now (the method)? Also, what parts of meat are you using?

Chicken, beef, fish: rotate between whole roasted chickens, thighs, chicken soup, offal every once in a while, breasts, feet :). For beef, you can do different cuts, like ground beef in a sauce over squash, steak other days, stew on a cold day. For fish, what types of fish are you eating? There are sooo many types of fish! If fish is okay, maybe you can try alligator. Tastes like chicken... What about lamb?

Vegetables: try different varieties of your "safe" vegetables. Onions are safe...do you use green, red and white onions? What types of potatoes are you eating? There are so many kinds! Throw in some purple potatoes! Yum. Other good starches that might be safe are plantains and turnips. Maybe taro? Cucumbers?

Fruits: is he only allergic to citrus? If so, there are so many delicious fruits out there! Yum. Kiwi, papaya, grapes are yummy...

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on April 24, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Thanks! I think my problem at this point is that I've had to only buy foods on the "safe" list for what feels so long now, that I feel like my brain is stuck on them and I can't branch out. Epitome of in a rut. The different types of onions and potatoes suggestion is great. I did leaks the other day and that was a nice change, I have to remember to branch out on potatoes too. I live in South Florida so we tend to have a nice selection of tropical fruit so I forget that's another area where I can branch out. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll look for alligator too! Thanks!

84c1b9e79af530d5bd93e088f226c9a4

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on April 24, 2012
at 03:26 PM

And yes, to clarify, I am trying to branch out and trial new foods in to attempt to broaden my "safe" list. Sorry that wasn't clear, half asleep last night while writing my OP. Thanks!

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