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.
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?
This is a sponsored post but all words and thoughts are my own.