Today is a big day. Well I guess yesterday was THE big day. But today is sort of large-ish too.
Some of you who are new here may not know that I had a very difficult time with my diet as G was breastfeeding. G was a fart rocket and I was advised to cut out dairy. When that didn’t work I was advised to cut out soy also. (ps soy is in everything, like the air and rainbows and reality tv). When that didn’t work I was like F this, I’m cutting out everything until I figure out what the hell it is. This seems drastic, but what was drastic was the screaming from my little blob 25 hours a day. I would have eaten only crickets if that would have made him feel better.
Eating turkey and rice for 30 days makes you want to choke bunnies. So I started seeing a counselor for my bunny choking behaviors. Then we got thrush. I KNOW. I went back and forth between eating foods and sleep. I was not allowed to have both. If I ate foods, G was up all night screaming and farting. If I starved, I could sleep. At this point I was depressed and on a fair amount of zoloft. At my craziest, I tried to implement a diet of bone marrow soup. Don’t get me started. And although I puked my guts out, I realized something on that diet. I wasn’t drinking enough water in my life. I upped my water intake and we had significantly less gas and more sleeps. HEAVENS. G however still had really really bad eczema. After going to an ultra hippie naturopath, we determined that I had to stay off of gluten. So I decided to stay off of gluten, soy and dairy indefinitely. We had finally found peace in our house with our happy non sick baby and I would do anything to keep it that way.
I stayed off of gluten, soy and dairy for 7 months.
Today, is a new day. Because today….
I can’t remember a time that I couldn’t just eat some of the foods. I can now eat ALL of the foods. And you can see by my sophisticated palate, that you’ll soon be referring to me as that fat girl with a blog. WHICH I’M FINE WITH. Also it’s interesting that I’m craving mostly round foods. I never thought of myself as a shape-ist.
I slowly introduced new foods into my diet and watched G like a Britney stalker. And now I can safely say, I’m a regular strength eater again. Ok I’ll be extra strength for a week. But whatever. After that it’s back to nuts and twigs. Kill me.
Here is the takeaway that I’d like other moms to gain from my experience with food sensitivity and breastfeeding. If you have a gassy ass baby, your pediatrician will first tell you to cut out dairy. That should not be your first plan of attack. TRY EVERYTHING ELSE BEFORE YOU F WITH YOUR DIET. Because let’s say you take out dairy and he stops farting. You’ll be like OK that was it. And you won’t eat dairy for a year. When in reality, it could have been those leather chaps you squeezed him into that day for that picture with the cats. Not that I know anything about that.
First see if you are an overproducer and find a lactation consultant who you trust (every week there are at least 3 overproducers in our breastfeeding group…it’s common). Second, drink a lot of water. Don’t drown yourself in it, but be very hydrated. Third, don’t take anyone’s advice as bible. Breastfeeding is just something that we don’t know a TON about. So get many opinions. I truly don’t know if any of these foods actually caused any problems with G. But I do know that I was too terrified to find out. We went through such a hard time that I was scared to change one little tiny dot of our routine. I just didn’t want that hell to re-emerge.
But I really feel like I’ve made it through a war. It was THE HARDEST time of my life and we have made it through. We are still breastfeeding and I’m so happy that we did it.
Ok people. I have ONE week** of eating whatever I want, as much as I want, in any place or time that I want. Give me your worst. WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
**One week is my “i probably won’t get obese fat but probably pretty chunky and I’ll probably be able to undo the damage” time frame