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From: Karen (
Subject: Breastfeeding and dairy-free
Date: May 21, 2005 at 6:06 pm PST

I have been on a dairy elimination diet for 4 weeks now to see if my daughter's reflux will improve. Also she has some sort of rash on her face that first was baby acne but now I'm not sure. It's little red blotches that seem to come and go for no reason that I can see.

Anyways, I am not seeing any results at all from this. Shouldn't I or is it possible she's just not allergic to milk protein? Sometimes I feel like no matter how hard I'm trying that MAYBE it's possible that I've eaten or been eating something that has milk protein in it but just don't know it.

For breakfast I usually have Kellog's plain brown sugar and cinammon pop tarts (sometimes with Duncan Hines vanilla frosting if I feel like it) and Minute Maid juice box. Sometimes I'll have peanut butter bagel. I keep thinking maybe the bagels aren't dairy free although the ingredients look fine. Although what about enriched flour - wheat flour? Other times I'll have cheerios in orange juice.

For lunch I'll have eggs and bacon or chips and a Hebrew National Hotdog, Caffeine free Diet Pepsi.

For dinner I'll either have chicken breast or steak or pork chop and a baked potato with smart balance light butter - it appears to be dairy free. Crescent roll.

If I go out for fast food I'll eat:

McD's hamburger and french fries
Wendy's hamburger and french fries
Arby's chicken fingers and homestyle fries

For snacks: banana, pretzels, skittles

I know, I know what I'm eating isn't exactly healthy at all, but I suffer from SEVERE food phobias and really have trouble eating most fruits and vegetables (hence could never be vegan). I throw up just trying most - serious issues I know. Most of my diet before was meat and potatoes and LOTS of cheese and pasta.

Does anyone have any advice? Am I eating something I shouldn't? I have been absolutely miserable these past 4 weeks but it's worth it if it helps my daughter. I plan to breastfeed her as long as she needs so I'll do whatever I ahve to. I make sure I take prenatal vitamins to ensure she is getting what she needs by the advice of my doctor.

Please any help would be appreciated. If I am eating dairy-free and not seeing any results what shouldI do next? Should I just go back to eating dairy (I'd really LOVE too, ha ha).

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