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    Unhappy Help me with my diet! (for nutrition, not weight loss)

    I'm a very picky eater ( <--- ), so my most recent challenge with my baby is pretty tough.
    I'm trying to solve the diet dilemma that I'm currently faced with. My baby was fussy, had green poops, and they had mucus and blood in them. When I brought him in (Sept 15) I was told he probably had a diary allergy. So I've eliminated ALL dairy from my diet. (I'm acting as if I were allergic to dairy, eating nothing that was even processed in a plant that processed dairy)
    I've seen some improvement. His diapers aren't as runny, I don't always see mucus in them, he's far less fussy, and doesn't grunt AS much when pooping. However...it's not ALL better. They're still green, sometimes are mucusy (Not a clue how to spell that one) and he still grunts a little when pooping. When I brought him in again (October 1) the doctor said that there must be something in my diet messing him up still. So I'm trying to really track what I eat and when his diapers are worst...but how long should I be looking for?
    That is, what's the me eating/him pooping time lapse?
    I'd like to solve this asap, because this diet is really a struggle for me. I'm afraid it's wheat...and if so, I'm not sure I'll be able to keep breastfeeding. As is, I hardly eat anything.
    So....Help!

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    keep a food diary of what you eat and what his symptoms are. You might want to take out soy for awhile, too. Have you ever seen his symptoms completely resolve? He might be sensitive to other things...

    Otherwise I don't know what to tell you. Some people eat plenty on a dairy free diet some people struggle to eat enough. You probably already have basic nutrition knowledge to know how to feed yourself just need to implement it?
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    I guess the big problem is that I HATE so many foods...I'm fairly miserable with my diet right now, and if I have to eliminate wheat as well I suspect I'll come to dread eating altogether. But I've decided to try the next two days cutting out wheat entirely, since that would be the next hardest food group for me (might as well get it over with quick) and see if that works. I have the knowledge about nutrition, I suppose I'm just being a baby about eating "yucky" foods.
    The other big problem is that his symptoms are pretty mild since cutting out dairy. He grunts when he poops, but the rest are fairly subjective. Since green poops aren't necessarily bad, some nighttime fussiness might be completely unrelated (he's a fairly serious baby, anyway) and mucus is very difficult to identify, I'm not 100% about when he's actually experiencing any symptoms. It's nice just looking through the forum and knowing that I'm not alone. It's hard, and every once in awhile I need a reminder that it's worth it.

    And, I'll admit, I was hoping someone would give me a magic solution. "Jump up and down after every meal, and have all the cookies and milk that you want!"

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    Yeah, well, unfortunately there isn't really anything magic. There ARE foods that more typically cause reaction than others. For example, quinoa is a very low allergenic grain, brown rice and buckwheat are also pretty tolerated, potatoes (white and sweet), rhubarb....many others. You just have to find what works for you and your baby. And it is hard to eat enough when you're on some sort of restrictive diet but sometimes you just have to force yourself to take care of your body and do the best you can. One of my friends is vegan and her LO ended up sensitive to spinach!
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    I'm going through the same thing, and I am so glad I'm not alone! I am currently not eating dairy, egg, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. I had a meltdown today because I was so hungry and there wasn't anything in the house that I could eat. Today I ate fruits, vegetables, rice milk, and plain chicken (bland, bland, and more bland). I did make a smoothie with blueberries, bananas and rice milk that was pretty good though. If I at least saw results in her symptoms, I think I would feel more encouraged. Every time I change a green mucousy diaper with flecks of blood I want to cry (and I have on a few occasions). My husband says I'm being too hard on myself, but I can't help it. I feel like something I am doing is hurting her, and I can't figure out what it is. We've seen our pediatrician a few times and a GI specialist. I guess breastmilk oversupply issues (foremilk/hindmilk imbalance) can cause similar issues with the baby's poop. I am wondering if it is not food at all and maybe my supply/how much hindmilk she is getting. I've been eating like a bird for weeks and nothing is happening.

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    My DD grunted a lot too because she had reflux and I discovered a couple things that made her poops green when I had them:
    1-my iron/prenatal supp
    2-caffeine (coffee, chocolate, tea)
    3-OJ (acidic foods, spaghetti sauce)
    4-soy (milk or foods with it as an ingredient)
    5-spicy foods (sausage)

    Not that I had to remove all these things from my diet, just some while others I just had to limit them. Some would aggravate her reflux and some her tolerance. The only thing I did have to remove were 1 & 4. The caffeine, I just switched to decaff. She tolerated them better/outgrew it at around 4 months of age.
    Trying keeping a food journal of what you have to eat and what the poops look like and see if you notice any correlation
    Keep in mind that sometimes green poops are just normal. As long as baby is gaining weight, has the 'normal' number of wet & dirty diapers, isn't in pain/discomfort & is behaving 'normal' (whatever that may be for your LO).
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*cmfree77 View Post
    I'm going through the same thing, and I am so glad I'm not alone! I am currently not eating dairy, egg, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. I had a meltdown today because I was so hungry and there wasn't anything in the house that I could eat. Today I ate fruits, vegetables, rice milk, and plain chicken (bland, bland, and more bland). I did make a smoothie with blueberries, bananas and rice milk that was pretty good though. If I at least saw results in her symptoms, I think I would feel more encouraged. Every time I change a green mucousy diaper with flecks of blood I want to cry (and I have on a few occasions). My husband says I'm being too hard on myself, but I can't help it. I feel like something I am doing is hurting her, and I can't figure out what it is. We've seen our pediatrician a few times and a GI specialist. I guess breastmilk oversupply issues (foremilk/hindmilk imbalance) can cause similar issues with the baby's poop. I am wondering if it is not food at all and maybe my supply/how much hindmilk she is getting. I've been eating like a bird for weeks and nothing is happening.
    I don't think you'd get the flecks of blood if it was really just hindmilk/foremilk imbalance.
    Also stock your house you CAN eat and use spices. "Today I ate fruits, vegetables, rice milk, and plain chicken (bland, bland, and more bland). " This is what you are supposed to eat. Bread that chicken up add some spices and FRY IT. People get all wrapped up in Dairy like not having it is the end of the world. But it's not really good for ANYONE and cutting it out helps people lose weight, get sick less often and mucous really disappears! EMBRACE fruits, Veggies and whole grains. Because once you have been breastfeeding exclusively for a whole year you are only going to want to give your precious child Whole, real, foods. You can do this Mama. And you will be better off for it I swear. You and your LO. Stay focused.

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    And remember, that you need to be off something for a while for it to be out of your system enough for your LO's symptoms to disappear (IIRC you need to give anything 2 weeks)

    Restricted diets are hard, and as a fellow picky eater I know how disheartening it can be to cut even more out. If you have a couple of favourite foods you will be missing out on post on the allergy threads asking for recipes for those things that are allergy friendly - you will be amazed what you can do dairy and gluten free.
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    I'm on the no dairy diet too and it does suck. But I just wanted to ad to the pp that grunting when pooping doesn't always mean there is a problem, sometimes it is just a funny behaviour they have picked up. My daughter grunts all the time when she poops and is completely healthy.
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