I’ve been trying to avoid it. I’ve been trying to convince myself there might be another way. But it’s time now. It’s time to say good-bye to all dairy products for 10 days to see if it helps my little one be more comfortable.
Baby M.E. is still refluxing (it seemed to have improved for a few weeks after starting Prevacid, but it appears to be worsening again). She’s also writhing in what seems like GI pain, having longer and longer crying jags, and scrunching up those chunky legs after she nurses. Not to mention, our sweet, little girl has enough methane to put a dent in the ozone layer. (How does such a tiny thing produce such loud and noxious gas?)
I consulted my mother-in-law (the lactation consultant) this afternoon after I wasn’t able to get her to sleep for more than 45 minutes all day, and she agreed I should cut out dairy for just for 10 days and see if it makes a difference.
I’ve already given up caffeine. Now my decaf lattes must go as well. No, I’m certainly not looking forward to going dairy-free (starting today, my friends), especially since I’m a complete cheese monger and love protein shakes (and ice cream, but I sound so much cooler saying I like protein shakes, which I do, but not as much as milkshakes).
But, honestly, what wouldn’t I do for a face like that? (Though you better believe I chugged a milkshake down last night before entering the no-dairy zone this morning.)
If there’s anyone out there who has experience with extremely gassy, crying, and nursing babies, feel free to put in your two cents. With my previous nurslings, I was able to eat whatever I wanted. Jalapenos, dark chocolate, beans – you name it. Nothing seemed to bother them, so this is new territory for me.