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Breastfeeding Through Baby Food Allergies: A Success Story

As a breastfeeding mom, having a baby with food allergies or intolerances can feel overwhelming. You might be realizing how hard the journey is or how much lack of science-based information or lack of support or...well you get the idea. We started Free to Feed to help nursing mothers through this challenging time in their lives.

We want to share our success stories with you! So you know it is possible to have a positive experience with this diagnosis, and you can keep breastfeeding. For years, Dr. Trill has been helping mothers figure out what foods are causing symptoms in their baby and helping them reintroduce foods when their babies are ready.

Today, we’ll be looking at first-time mom Lauren and her son Beck’s journey. It wasn’t a smooth start, but after a consultation with Dr. Trill – their journey changed. Lauren finally found some answers and guidance on how to get her and Beck through this.

First Symptoms of Baby Food Allergies

Lauren first noted symptoms in her son at around 6 weeks old. She was exclusively breastfeeding and started to notice green mucousy stools. The more it happened the more concerned she was as a first-time mom.

And it kept happening.

She was Googling like a madwoman like any good, concerned mother would. She wanted to know what was causing this reaction in her sweet baby, so she could fix it.

She started contacting her pediatrician for answers and didn’t get much help. Lauren was persistent though and began to send pictures of Beck’s diapers to his pediatrician.

Lauren then started to see what she thought was blood in his stool. She was very worried and after sending many diaper photos to his doctor, they referred Beck to a pediatric GI specialist.

Beck’s only real symptoms were his mucousy stools and pooping a lot. He didn’t have persistent rashes, colic, vomiting, or any other major symptoms of baby food allergies. He was gaining weight and was a happy baby.

As Lauren waited for Beck’s GI appointment, she saw a lactation consultant to see if she could find any answers there. They weren’t too concerned with his mucousy diapers and told her she didn’t have an oversupply of breastmilk, which sometimes can cause mucousy stools.

Lauren was looking forward to the GI appointment in hopes of finding answers and guidance on how to help Beck.

Even in the Medical Field Baby Food Allergies Are Confusing

At the pediatric GI appointment, they said Beck had infant food allergies. This was the first time Lauren was told this. His doctors recommended cutting dairy, soy, eggs, and shellfish. They also mentioned gluten being another trigger food but said, “that one’s really hard to cut.”

Lauren had zero guidance on how to do an elimination diet but was determined to keep breastfeeding. She cut out dairy, soy, and gluten. She also tried periods of cutting eggs and shellfish to see if they were triggers.

She tried on her own for months looking for the trigger foods, all while little Beck wasn’t improving. Lauren felt like she was “shooting in the dark.” After months of trying to pinpoint his trigger foods, she was both unsuccessful and stuck on a limited diet. She continued to monitor his triggers and symptoms but it was hard and inconsistent.

Lauren reached out to the pediatric GI specialist again after Beck’s diapers got worse with more blood and mucous. At their second GI appointment, the doctors told her, “Figuring out baby food allergies can be hard.” Then handed her a sample of hypoallergenic formula.

Lauren wasn’t impressed and wanted to continue breastfeeding, so she kept looking for answers.

Finding Answers on Baby Food Allergies and Intolerances

Lauren luckily stumbled upon Dr. Trill when a mutual friend shared something Dr. Trill posted on Instagram. She couldn’t believe after almost 5 months of trying to figure this out on her own that someone else had so much information and guidance.

Beck was now 7 months old.

She did a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Trill and was blown away by the information she provided.

“I learned and had a more productive conversation in my 25-minute consult with Dr. Trill than all my previous appointments combined with Beck’s pediatrician and GI specialist. She was so helpful!”

Lauren learned about hidden dairy and soy names. She thought she had cut those out of her diet but without guidance, she didn’t know all the other names these foods can go by.

For example, citric acid and natural flavors can contain what’s called “hidden soy.” It's a processed version of soy but still causes reactions in babies with food allergies or intolerances.

Dr. Trill recommended Lauren cut the top 12 infant food allergies. Lauren was determined to help Beck and keep breastfeeding, so she was willing to do anything.