Dairy Free Diet - Breastfeeding

This is a group for moms who follows a dairy free diet while breastfeeding. I am by no means a nutritionist or dietitian - I speak only as a mother who's baby has a cow dairy protein intolerance and therefore eliminate dairy while breastfeeding my baby. Here are my suggestions and resources for foods and meals that can be delicious. This group supports the LLLI philosophies and WHO guidelines.

One of the LLLI philosophy concepts states, "Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible." Thus, in general, no food is excluded from the list of foods a breastfeeding mother should eat. This is unless your baby seems to have an allergic response after feeding breast milk. Please note Galactosemia is an incredibly rare condition, so the likelihood that your baby is “allergic to breast milk” is extremely small. Lists of the foods most likely to trigger allergic responses differ from source to source and culture to culture, but cow's milk and dairy products top them all. There are more than 20 substances in cow's milk that have been shown to be human allergens. Breastfed babies who are sensitive to dairy in mom’s diet are sensitive to specific cow’s milk antibodies, in the form of proteins (not lactose), which pass into the mother’s milk. Cow’s milk sensitivity or allergy can cause colic-like symptoms, eczema, wheezing, vomiting, diarrhea (including bloody diarrhea), constipation, hives, and/or a stuffy, itchy nose. Also please read:

Are there any foods I should avoid while breastfeeding?
http://www.llli.org/faq/avoid.html

Allergies and the Breastfeeding Family
http://www.llli.org/nb/nbjulaug98p100.html