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    Default Do I REALLY need to cut out dairy?

    So my LO is almost 6 weeks and we EBF. She's gassy, is on Zantac for reflux, and has some dry skin on her face. She only poops every couple days, but when she does it's huge, soft, brown poops. I know some of those things are characteristic of milk sensitivity, which would obviously mean cutting out dairy. But am I overreacting? Do I really need to jump to that extreme? I LOVE milk and also worry about her getting enough calcium if I cut out dairy.

    Thoughts? TIA!

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    Default Re: Do I REALLY need to cut out dairy?

    You don't need to worry about your LO not getting enough calcium if you cut out dairy. A mom will produce milk that is nutritionally complete even if she, the mom, doesn't eat a perfect or even a good diet. That being said, do you need to cut out dairy? The only thing that actually really jumps out at me as being characteristic of an intolerance of some sort is the dry skin... The reflux, the gassiness, and the brown poops could all have alternate explanations. The dry skin could, too, of course- it could just be dry skin! Based on what you have posted, I do not think a dairy elimination is necessary. But I also think that it wouldn't hurt to try it. YKWIM?
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    Default Re: Do I REALLY need to cut out dairy?

    If you suspect a dairy intolerance or allergy, then an elimination diet will only help you and your LO get on the right track faster. I resisted the ED for the longest time because I didn't want to give up my lattes and cheese, but I've actually gotten used to making my VIA lattes with rice milk and I don't miss the cheese as much as I thought I would.

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    Default Re: Do I REALLY need to cut out dairy?

    Do you notice a difference with or without dairy? To me that would be the deciding factor. Maybe try cutting it out for 30 days and if it doesn't make a difference then you can go back to eating it again? I cut out dairy for the first 6 months with DS2 because it seemed to bother him. I still don't know to this day if it was all in my head or not. He had all of the same symptoms you describe minus the dry skin. When I did add it back in again at 6 months nothing much changed. He still does suffer from reflux and infrequent pooping at 20 months, but we have ruled out dairy allergy or intolerance as an underlying cause of it.
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    Default Re: Do I REALLY need to cut out dairy?

    I don't think I'd jump to dairy unless the poop was mucousy and/or flecked with blood.....

    Way too lazy for formula

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