Did you know breastfed babies can develop dairy allergies? Today I am sharing our experience with a breastfed baby dairy allergy.
On a hunch, I gave up cheese last week to see if Annabelle’s temperament would change. I read that sometimes babies with dairy allergies have trouble sleeping through the night. Saturday night, Annabelle slept two 4.5 hour spans for the first time in two months. It was glorious. THEN, my dumb butt ate goat cheese Sunday night and she was up screaming ALL. NIGHT. LONG.
Our poor baby (and her Mommy) were a mess yesterday morning. I called the doctor and asked if we could come in. There has to be something wrong with her, I thought. The doctors said to bring a dirty diaper, so they could test it for a dairy allergy. They also said she might have an ear infection.
Well, wouldn’t you know….sweet Annabelle has both an ear infection AND a dairy allergy! Doctor says it is very likely she isn’t sleeping through the night because she has a sick belly. Plus, her extra fussiness lately is due to her little infected ear.
If Annabelle starts sleeping better at night, then won’t I feel like Mom of the Year for not knowing she had this dairy allergy. My Aunt had suggested I check her diaper for mucous, which is a sign of an allergy. I realize Annabelle has had yucky stools for months. I thought this was normal. Apparently it is not… It’s actually a sign of a Dairy Allergy in a Breastfed Baby.
I DON’T FEEL GOOD MOM. ENOUGH WITH THE PICTURES.
For anyone who discovers their infant has a dairy allergy, the doctor says that she can grow out of it. It is very likely that once her little digestive system becomes more developed that she will be able to handle dairy. With that being said, the doctor’s office told me to KEEP my frozen breastmilk! We will try to introduce the milk (which may contain dairy from my diet) in a few months. This is glorious news because I almost had a heart attack thinking about the bazillion frozen bags of milk that would have to go to waste.
So far, A has been on Amoxicillin for 24 hours and is still pulling at her ear. She didn’t sleep very well last night, but fingers crossed tonight is better. We leave for the beach tomorrow and the doctor said the salty ocean air just might help her feel better!
Does your little one have any allergies? If so, how did you find out?