I have a 5 month old baby that has had a history of what it seems like as gut irritation. Early on with breast feeding issues, it was suggested by a lactation consultant that she may have issues with dairy so I have basically gone off diary to feed. Her reasoning was the sqirming when feeding and odd poos. I had chronic nipple pain so am now part bottle and part breast and have given her goat milk based on the suggestions. Bub still sqirms on the boob most days but not for all feeds.....she has a part asian history too which possibly suggests milk may be a problem (people have said!). I of course will be introducing food soon and would really like to know what tests should be done to know what may be bothering her. I would also like to know if he really is intolerant to milk or whatever, do you have any suggestions or is it too early. I was given a leaflet on testing a hair of her with this natropathic organisation, but this is costly and probably not reliable?? Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks so much
I think there may be a reasonable chance that with an Asian influence lactose intolerance could be the culprit. Breastmilk of course does have some lactose, cows milk is much higher, but cheddar cheese and yoghurt are very low. So children who react to drinking milk but not cheese generally would have a lactose intolerance and not a full blown allergy to cows’ milk protein.
Yes I think probably a bit early to test and you are likely to find out the situation as you slowly introduce solids. I have some tip sheets on Huggies on starting solids and also a book, I take a very slow and steady approach and am pretty conservative with the known allergy foods, the links are:
Which foods when and fridge chart
If you find as you go along baby has reactions then look at a referral to an allergy unit but avoid the invasion for now.
See if they help guide you.
All the best,