So I have been dairy free for three months because of George having reflux, and he is also on omeprazole. This week the HV advised me that as he is almost 16 weeks now I should start trying to reintroduce dairy. I have had some milk and some cakes made with butter. Unfortunately George has run out of his medication, I put the prescription in last week but they had to order it in and it us taking forever. The past few days he has been loads worse again :'(
He has been screaming in pain, straining and he wakes up thrashing with wind and also really congested each morning. I don't know if it is the medicine or the dairy. I am so worried that it will take another three weeks to get that dairy out if my system again and it will be back to square one, even though I didn't have much. I feel so bad and wish I had never listened to the stupid health visitor, the woman is an idiot anyway. If you had no dairy in your system then you have a bit, is it back to square one? My poor boy is so unsettled, I was hoping his reflux would start to ease off when he got to 16 weeks but it seems not
i am so sorry you and your sweet baby are struggling with reflux. I would stay off the dairy for a few more months. My LO has reflux and his doc said that the stomach gets more acidic around 4 months and reflux can become more painful. I have cut caffeine also due to I read it can make reflux flair in the baby. The acid issue should balance out around 8-9 months but sometimes it can take a little longer. Hope your LO's meds come in soon and u both get some relief. Does gripe water help at all? Maybe just to get u by until the stronger med is in.
Thank you, he also had his 12 week jabs yesterday so I think it has all cone ay once
The health visitor seemed to think that if I didn't start back on dairy right this minute my bones were going to disintegrate; should have known better than to listen to the stupid woman. I shall stay off dairy until 6 months I think then try again. If his meds are not in tomorrow will try gripe water. Thanks again
Ah yes the dreaded jabs can make for a miserable baby. poor thing, hang in there. It will get better. I started drinking almond milk instead of dairy milk there is also rice milk if you need the calcium intake. There is also calcium in prenatal vitamins which i continue to take. I would also research calcium sources from veggies. I couldn't drink milk for a long time and i just found alternative sources for calcium.
Lots of snuggles and kisses through the tears.
Its not just calcium though; calcium on its own is useless, cannot be absorbed and just deposits in your muscles and even arteries-which is not good. You need to take vitamin D3 as well and its more than possible to just take the vitamin D3 and get enough calcium from your diet even if dairy-free, NHS advice is to take 10mcg of D3 a day when BF doesn't say anything about calcium. I believe that the coconut milk kara has higher levels of calcium than milk but you would need to take a D3 supplement at the same time to optimise absorption. xx
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