Milk allergy in babies

Suzanne Barston, Blogger & Author of "Bottled Up", shares advice for parents on how to tell if your newborn child has an allergy to breast milk
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We suspected that my son was reacting to something in my milk. He always had rashes. He was miserable all the time. He cried about 23 hours a day. We knew babies could be fussy, but that seemed a little bit extreme. I read online that there were a couple of major offenders. There was dairy, soy, caffeine, and -- I forget what the other one was, but whatever it was, I cut everything out of my diet. The funny thing was that he ultimately got diagnosed as having a milk protein allergy, but I had been about 85 to 90 percent vegan my whole life. So, I really didn't have much dairy in my diet to begin with. After I made a conscious effort to cut it out, he -- I had no dairy, whatsoever, for three weeks and he was still reacting terribly to my milk. At that point, my physician recommended that for 24 hours, we would try a hypoallergenic formula. Because I was pumping, it wouldn't hurt my supply, so there was no harm. We did that. At hour 12 in that 24 hour period, we had a brand new baby. He was happy. His rashes went away. It really was an instantaneous, miraculous solution.

Suzanne Barston, Blogger & Author of "Bottled Up", shares advice for parents on how to tell if your newborn child has an allergy to breast milk

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Suzanne Barston, CLC

Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for Pampers.com, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, SheKnows.com, Babble.com, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 

 

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