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Thread: Please help - milk allergy - should I pump and dump??

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    Default Please help - milk allergy - should I pump and dump??

    My 6 week old son began spitting up A LOT at around 3 weeks. I began taking steps to help with reflux as well as a milk allergy - so I was dairy free for a few weeks. When I went to the pediatrician on Monday, he told me it seemed to be reflux and not a milk allergy, so to start re-introducing milk into my diet. Well, last night I had some cheese at dinner (he seemed fine) and then today I had some milk and now he's been spitting up a lot again (like it seems like his entire feeding). So now think it's the dairy and I feel sooo bad and I don't know what to do. How long will it take for the majority of the milk protein to be metabolized and out of my breastmilk again? Should I pump and dump in the meantime (I only have enough stored milk for 5 feedings since I'm at home with him and just started pumping). Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Please help - milk allergy - should I pump and dump??

    I wouldn't a little bit of spit up isn't going to hurt too much.

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    Default Re: Please help - milk allergy - should I pump and dump??

    Unless the spitting up is accompanied by pain, I'd treat it as a laundry issue, not a health issue. And even though so far there's a one to one correspondence between you eating dairy and your baby spitting up, I wouldn't rule a dairy intolerance all the way in based on the events of a single day. You want to look for consistent patterns.
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    Default Re: Please help - milk allergy - should I pump and dump??

    and 6 weeks is very young too. Your milk supply is still getting adjusted to what baby needs.

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