Some little ones, like Rachel’s son Baby E from our guest post last week, are allergic to the dairy proteins passed along in their mother’s breast milk. This can often result in a cow’s milk allergy and a confused mom. Fortunately this doesn’t mean the end of breastfeeding, but rather the start of an elimination diet.
When starting an elimination diet the breastfeeding mom removes all dairy including “hidden” dairy from her diet. Because this can be such an adjustment, it’s important to make sure both mom and baby get the nutrition they need, so we recommend having the supervision of your doctor for this diet.
Keep in mind, children being not breastfed will also need to go on an elimination diet if diagnosed with a food allergy. Any elimination diet will need to be supervised by a Registered Dietitian to ensure all the important nutrients are being met in the diet. Studies show that children on elimination diets are often lacking in Protein, calories, Vit D, and Calcium.1
- Kids With Food Allergies: In addition to helping families cope with dietary restrictions and lifestyle adjustments, they also host a breastfeeding with food allergies forum which provides support for mothers on allergy elimination diets.
- Go Dairy Free: Is an informational website for dairy-free living and the goal is to provide honest, unbiased information about going dairy free.
- AllergyMoms: Provides support for parents of kids with food allergies. They provide dairy-free allergy recipes as well as the latest news and research on breast-feeding, eczema, reflux and anaphylaxis.
- KellyMom: This site is run by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who provides lots of helpful information and articles on breastfeeding.
- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network: Provides educational information, recipes and support for the many parents who need help managing food allergy.
- CoFAR(Consortium of Food Allergy Research): Provides a wealth of information for families and HealthCare professions. This consortium was provided by a grant from the NIH.
Hopefully you’ll find these resources helpful and not just for eliminating dairy but also for eliminating the top eight allergens including egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
If you’re already on an elimination diet what do you think of these websites? Do you have any other websites you’d recommend?
1. Henriksen C, Eggesbø M, Halvorsen R, Botten G. Nutrient intake among two-year-old children on cows’ milk-restricted diets. Acta Paediatr. 2000;89:272–278