Re: milk protein allergy - when to pump/dump
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Aside from the fussiness/colic/screaming, what symptoms of a milk protein allergy did your baby have? Eczema? Green/mucousy/bloody stools? Other evidence of allergy? There are a lot of moms out there who end up doing unnecessary elimination diets due to vague comments from their kids' doctors.
With the exception of alcohol, I don't think anyone really knows how fast substances from something you ate enter your milk. I would guess that they're there within a few hours- but a lot probably depends on the size of the molecule in question.
Dairy proteins tend to be very persistent in a mom's system. This is why it often takes 2-3 weeks for a dairy elimination to show results. But many babies are only a little sensitive to dairy, so a single slip-up doesn't wreck your elimination diet. If it were me, I would simply nurse the baby as usual. If your baby doesn't react badly over the next few days, then he probably can handle some dairy in your diet. Maybe even a lot. This is an opportunity to figure out where you stand! If you're concerned about your pumped milk, just label it and stick it in your freezer, and make decisions about it at a later date. It could be your "in the event of an emergency" milk.
These 2 links are good reading for moms who are concerned about allergies:
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