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Help!

My baby is 3 and a half months old. I am breastfeeding her. She has been very colicky ever since she was born. I have identified that she reacts to almost everything I normally eat (milk products (even goat), all animal proteins (including fish), many green veggies, tomatoes, beans, fruit, etc. If I eat these things, she spits up profusely and cries and cries...

For the past 3 weeks, I have been eating only rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa and easily digestible veggies like squash, carrots, cooked salads and sweet potato. For protein I eat nuts, tofu (although this tends to give her gas) and eggs (which go down surprisingly well). The only fruit that she accepts is papaya. For breakfast I get to eat plain muesli with almond milk and toast with almond butter. No wheat bread though, it gives her gas. When I stick to this boring and tasteless diet, she is a fairly “normal” baby, spits up only a little, naps, and accepts to be seated or laid down. But as soon as I try to reintroduce something new, she reacts immediately.

People I’ve spoken to don’t believe me. My baby is gaining weight well, she is round and rosy. She drinks about every 3 hours (even at night).

Meanwhile, I am going out of my mind eating the way I am. I find myself salivating over Pizza Hut and McDonalds commercials! It’s getting really depressing. Has anyone ever heard of such a sensitive baby?

HELP!

Catherine
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Yes!

If your baby does have allergies, you may save yourself a lot of head-ache and get her tested so you can know exactly what to eliminate.

She may also have reflux and if that is the case, there are things that can be done to alleviate the pain from the acids rushing up her esophogus.

I'd have her evaluated and discuss it with her Ped. My cousin's baby had reflux and she did an elimination diet as well as having her treated for reflux and things greatly improved...keep nursing that is the best for her...she probably wouldn't tolerate any of the formulas - so don't let any doctors tells you its your breastmilk!

Good luck!
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