Dairy and Soya Free Breastfeeding

My Dairy & Soya Free Breastfeeding Journey

Inside: A look at my dairy-free breastfeeding journey. Sponsored post.

We have been a family of allergy sufferers for a few years now, with Gracie not being able to tolerate lactose until she was one and Lils being dairy and soya allergic until very recently (almost 3 years old). I thought that would be the end of our journey but unfortunately, it seems that our newest addition is also dairy and soya allergic.

I had really hoped that he would escape, that I would have a ‘normal’ baby for a change – but what is normal anyway? Allergy babies are my normal and after successfully managing two other babies with various problems, I soon realised that I could do it again. 

My Dairy and Soya Free Breastfeeding Journey

When Gracie couldn’t tolerate lactose I simply cut down on the amount of dairy I ate, swapping the main dairy products for lactose-free products. She was fine with that solution and I managed to breastfeed her until around 5 months.

Lils was a whole other story! A nightmare actually! I really wanted to breastfeed again – you always want to do for one as you’ve done for another, don’t you? Except she had tongue tie (I didn’t know at the time) and couldn’t tolerate even the slightest bit of dairy. I cut it all out but her tongue tie meant that my milk started to dry up at around 7 weeks and my breastfeeding journey was over.

Breastfeeding a dairy-free baby

So now I have another baby and have started the process all over again. I have also started on a dairy and soya-free journey all of my own! It has only been a few weeks but I am already seeing benefits. I am less tired (besides having a newborn baby keeping me awake) and my skin is clearer than it has ever been. I wonder if I have always reacted to dairy without knowing it. And of course, there are no more issues with breastfeeding! Cutting out dairy has meant my milk is free from the milk proteins that upset his tummy.

One thing that worried me about eating less dairy was that my body might not get the nutrients needed, namely calcium. However, I have been looking into vegan diets to see how I can incorporate more plants to balance out the nutrients I am losing and there is so much information out there. You can also have nutritional testing to find out if there are any other gaps in your diet – that way you know you are getting everything you need as well as being able to pass them along to the baby. There is just no reason to be deficient in anything.

If you have a dairy or soya-free baby then please know that whatever you choose to do is ok. But it is possible to breastfeed if you want to do so, you just need to cut out dairy too. If you have any questions, I am always happy to help.

Are you dairy-free or vegan? What tips can you share?

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Hannah Adams
    November 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

    My firstborn has cmpa and tomatos, we only found out when starting to wean at 6 months as she did not react to my milk. She still has it ages 2. I now have a three month old and am really scared that she may be the same! Guess only time will tell. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    Karen
    November 5, 2016 at 6:07 am

    I have heaps of mums I help that have babies with cows milk protein intolerance and allergies, other food allergies and reflux. I write a blog on all things parenting and have some good blogs that will probably help you.
    https://www.nurtureparenting.com.au/cows-milk-protein-allergy-and-intolerance/
    and
    https://www.nurtureparenting.com.au/lactose-intolerance-in-your-baby/
    I hope these help you Katy

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    Milla
    November 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Sorry you’re going through this. Exclusion diets are hard enough without also being newly post partum. Try looking to other cultures for ideas. Sushi rolls perhaps, pasta or noodles, baked potato with tuna mayo, homemade soups. Try and have a plan in advance rather than just grabbing something as you go. Good luck with it all. You’re doing an amazing thing

    • Reply
      Katy
      November 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Different cultures definitely seem to be the way forward. They eat much cleaner than us x

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    Lauren
    November 23, 2016 at 2:16 am

    Katy, I feel your pain! I am just now weaning my son after 16 long months on a diet free of meat (because I have been vegetarian for 20 years), milk, soy and tree nuts in order to nurse. It is SO hard, but you are doing an AMAZING thing for your baby. It does get easier as you find more “safe” things to eat. For me, the key was eating loads of protein.

    I found your blog because my son is now starting the dairy ladder (it’s a bit different in the USA, but the same idea) and your success with your daughter has given me hope.

    Wishing you and your baby all the best!

    • Reply
      Katy
      November 30, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      I found some digestives that are dairy and soya free today and I was a bit too happy haha!! I am so glad you have hope from reading my story with Lils. Thank you for such a lovely comment Lauren xx

  • Reply
    Katie
    December 6, 2016 at 12:26 am

    You can do this!! I breastfed my son for 18 months and he was dairy intolerant for the first year and soy allergic (and still is). My 7 month old is also dairy/soy free, and therefore I am too. You can find recipes online!! Pinterest is wonderful & you can always make adaptations that fit your particularl tastes. I would share with you here but there are too many and I wouldn’t know where to start! I will gladly share some with you if you email me for anything specific you haven’t found. I’m in the U.S. But assume you’d be able to find the products needed. Please hang in there, it gets much easier! In fact, by 6 months you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. We permanently keep soy out and significantly cut down on dairy. Don’t give up!

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