Nursing with a dairy intolerance (6 month update)
So I wanted to give a quick update on our dairy intolerance situation. If you aren’t familiar with our story click on over to my original post to get filled in!
We recently met with my daughter’s pediatrician for her 6 month check up. Naturally she asked how things were going in regards to my daughter’s dairy intolerance and unfortunately my response was “it’s still a no for dairy.”
Since completing a total elimination diet and learning exactly what my daughter’s “triggers” are. I have attempted once a month to “test the waters” so to speak, to see if there have been any improvements in regards to her dairy intolerance.
Unfortunately she is still EXTREMELY sensitive to dairy. (Keep in mind we are dealing with a protein intolerance NOT a lactose intolerance).
On accident one day, I simply licked the spoon after scooping out some ice cream for my other 2 children and within hours we were right back at square one. I felt terrible!!! We also could not believe that such a incredibly small amount could upset her so much.
When I filled her pediatrician in on the latest symptoms and events, her response was less than positive. (Coming from a typically positive person).
She explained from HER experience in dealing with infants that had a dairy intolerance, that if symptoms had not improved by 6 months the likely hood of it being long term were greater than those who had improvement by this age.
It surprised me she was actually concerned that my daughter had not improved. She was also concerned as to the small amount in which she reacted to. She did recommend I test the waters in terms of lactose as well. However my gut tells me to just wait on that.
I’m not sure what to think about all the information she said. I PRAY this is not something she has to live with. However we will not hesitate to accompany her needs as a family if this does end up being life long.
We also have started her on solids. At first she seemed to get an upset stomach after eating a small amount. But after taking a break from solids, she can now eat about a half of a jar once a day, without exhibiting any symptoms that she might be uncomfortable.
I will continue to introduce solids at a pace she is comfortable with and at this point we are taking our breastfeeding journey day by day. Its very apparent her stomach is sensitive and I’m not sure if that’s typical for a dairy intolerant baby or not. So all we can do is take it one day at a time.
In all other aspects she is the happiest, sassiest little girl. She is right on track developmentally. I am so grateful for God’s grace through all of this and for giving me perseverance as well.
Please share your journey with battling dairy intolerance and the age in which your child grew out of it (If at all).
I’d love to hear from you!!