Going Dairy Free {breastfeeding}

When Luke was born, it was very hard not to compare things he did or was, to how Aubrey had been.  When she was about 6 weeks, she started sleeping through the night for extremely long stretches.  When we were at the month mark with Luke, I was hoping he’d just magically change.  At that point he was up every 2.5-3 hours and it would take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get him changed, fed, and back to sleep at night.  Why the variance? Sometimes he’d be so uncomfortable he’d be screaming each time I’d put him down. He’s a fast eater. I could have him fed, changed, and back down within 20 minutes except for all the fussing.

During the  day he was a great kid.  He napped alright, but come 4:30/5 – a different child emerged. I nursed him every 45 minutes or so which made dinner time difficult, as well as bath time for Aubrey.  When Jon is home, no problem.  But some nights he’d be working late so I would be trying to manage dinner so we could eat by 6 and not so easy to do if I was stuck on the couch with Luke. But every night was awful for Luke. And I’m not saying this because I was tired but I seriously felt so awful for him. Watching him writhe in pain or scream and cry was awful.  So I decided to do something I said I never would.  I changed my diet for Luke.

When I had Aubrey, I vowed never to change my diet for her. I had caffeine, I drank some, I ate whatever I wanted.  But she was a tough cookie – nothing phased her.  Luke was suffering and it killed me to think I might have something to do with it. So I told Jon I was going to quit dairy.  And I did.  Well, I have my coffee creamer every morning, but that’s it. No cheese, yogurt, ice cream, milk. I asked friends for tips on what to have in exchange for things I used to have.  Vanilla Almond Milk is pretty good.  The cheese options kinda suck.  But, it’s fine.

Within 36 hours, Luke was a different guy.  He could nurse and hang out on his own while I cooked dinner, ate dinner, and started Aubrey’s bath.  He went to sleep around the same time as Aubrey, in his crib, in her room, and SLEPT.  Sleep as in 8 hours sleep.  He’s got his own routine going and I love it. He goes to bed around 8 or 8:30 and wakes up around 5 to nurse, then I put him back down till about 7 or so.  This, if continues, will be awesome for my transition back to work as I used to get up around 5:30 to be ready before getting Aubrey up.

Now, I know that it could be a fluke, but I don’t think so.  I truly think he had a problem with the dairy protein and eliminating it changed him.  If you’ve ever had a newborn, you know poop is a common topic.  Moms all the time ask each other about poop. It’s true.  And his was different and now it’s normal stuff.

I heard that they can start to digest the protein around 3-6 months. He’s 2 months now, and I’ll try to introduce it again in a few weeks. Small doses, maybe trying meals that use it cooked vs eating it straight up like yogurt or milk in cereal.  For now, I’m just enjoying this happy kid, and my nights. Oh how I love my nights now!

Going Dairy Free - Breastfeeding - MelissaDell

Going Dairy Free - Breastfeeding - MelissaDell

Going Dairy Free - Breastfeeding - MelissaDell


  1. says

    I’m so glad that Luke responded so well to your dairy-free diet! I would do it for my babies too, but it would be challenging, for sure! I had a hard time coming to grips and realizing that the differences in my babies wasn’t a bad thing!

  2. says

    I found http://www.bulletproofexec.com on Sunday and I can’t stop reading or listening to podcasts. A lot of the bits and pieces from the eating portion I have subscribed to for a long time, but it talks a lot about why dairy isn’t good for humans in general. Good luck with baby Luke!

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