digestive issues food allergies, reflux, and intolerances

by Caryn
(MD)

Hope this story helps someone...


I went into labor 9 weeks early and afterwards was able to produce milk.

I felt like it was the only thing helping my daughter grow. When she latched on for the first time I was ecstatic that I could do with her that my mom and the other mms could not do.

I was able to breastfeed up until two weeks after she left the nicu. I started noticing that my milk supply was going down not up. I tried mothers milk, water---a lot of water, more feeding. I also started noticing that my daughter was having horrible reflux and screaming in pain a few minutes after eating or during eating.

So I cut all dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, milk, and egg products out of my diet. I ate enough food and made sure I drank a lot of juices and rice milk.

She still started to show signs of intolerance or allergy. She kept spitting up horribly, like whole feedings.

I asked her pediatrician what I could be doing wrong and she said..Nothing. Sometimes the babies just can't break down breast milk and absorb it.

But I had said she was exclusively breastfed for the first 2.5 months of her life what went wrong?

She said babies can develop digestive issues later down the road like food allergies, reflux, and intolerances. Genes just took some time to kick in.

I have felt so guilty about it because she is a preemie, I wanted her to have the best start, the doctor said the most immunity a baby gets from their mother is the first colostrum.

So my baby already got the best nutrients in the 3 months because there was so much of it, and to not worry about it now.

She is now on Alimentum for extreme reflux and allergy. I hope and pray she will not have food allergies when she is older and be required to keep a epipen on her person.

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