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    Default Milk allergy and stored breastmilk

    We just figured out the my son is allergic to the cow's milk in my breastmilk. I have eliminated dairy from my diet. I have a lot of stored breastmilk for when I return to work but I am wondering if I need to throw it all away becuase I was still eating dairy when I pumped that milk. I would hate to waist all that breastmilk but also dont want to feed my little one milk that is going to hurt his belly.

    Do I need to throw out the stored milk and start over??

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    Default Re: Milk allergy and stored breastmilk

    I am in the same boat as you. I have an older daughter that I am giving the frozen breast milk to for her cereal in the morning (that's what the lactation consultant suggested). I am also hoping that my LO outgrows his allergy before some of my pumped milk expires. I would label the pumped milk when the symptoms disappear as being post symptoms and wait and see for the other milk just in case he outgrows the allergy before your milk expires. I would not give it to him until the allergy is outgrown though.


    Mama to

    Kaylee born July 5, 2006
    9lbs 4 oz and 20.5 inches
    42 lbs and 41.5 inches at 38 months
    for 12 months

    Jacob born April 9, 2009
    8lbs 10oz and 21 inches
    15lbs 7.7oz and 27 inches at 20 weeks
    17lbs 4.5oz and 27.6 inches at 6 months
    19lbs 14oz and 29.3 inches at 9 months
    and

    Presently off dairy, soy, wheat, nuts, treenuts, shellfish, eggs, corn, gluten and rice .

    Reacting to dairy, soy, wheat, eggs, corn, rice and maybe gluten.


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    Default Re: Milk allergy and stored breastmilk

    Tough decision!

    We found out about my LO's food allergies after he started solids.

    Even though he hadn't had any *obvious* symptoms / reactions via breastmilk, I didn't feel comfortable giving him EBM from before I'd eliminated those foods from my diet. I just didn't want to risk the ongoing exposure either making DS sick or maybe preventing him from eventually outgrowing foods allergies.
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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    Default Re: Milk allergy and stored breastmilk

    That is a good idea. I will label the milk and if he outgrows the allergy before the milk expires I will give it to him. If not, I guess I will just throw it away.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Default Re: Milk allergy and stored breastmilk

    Or perhaps see if you can donate it? Are there any breast milk banks in your area?
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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