my mother and mother-in-law both approached me before i gave birth to my first (they've nursed 9 kids for at least a year each between them both) and warned me that their kids all reacted to dairy in the breastmilk. b/c i lived in the hospital and on Odwalla juice for the first 2 weeks w/ my first, i was dairy free w/out trying. but then i tried cheese and my son reacted w/ horrible colic, so i go dairy free w/ all just to make that transition easier.
since i went gluten-free in 2001, i realized that my body only deals well w/ raw dairy (cream especially) and some cheese. that's it. i don't cook w/ dairy normally, and most cheeses aren't a good choice for me. but totally dairy free is hard. but being gluten-free healed me from so many things and i'm so grateful i figured that out when i was young.
i went ahead and had some cream this morning, and enjoyed it so much. i don't usually give up butter, since i've never had issues with it at all. and we get grass-fed butter too, so i know it carries a lot of nutrients i need in my fats.
i also had to give up habaneros when my son was nursing.... the only spicy food that was a problem. he also ate spicy thai food and other spicy foods while he was nursing. after he weaned, he couldn't handle spicy foods anymore. i think my breastmilk must have desensitized him!!!
the rest of the gassy foods i don't eat except in forms that are really easy to digest (fermented usually) so don't have too much problems w/ the babies. THANKFULLY!
Chloesmom- $4 a gallon for raw milk!!! AMAZING! i work for a farm and they are the most expensive in the state at $10 a gallon, but the quality and flavor is worth it. but my friend is growing a raw milk dairy, and we got colostrum last week which i had in a smoothie. The cheapest is $5 a gallon at a farm if you buy a 5gallon container. most farms are $8 around here.
Kellybeth- i have also thought about trimming back nuts, but we'll see. right now they're my favorite baking/filling item and i can't imagine cutting anything else out!!! and none of my kids or family have nut issues, just the celiac disease on both my husband's and my side. that's a doozey, so we'll face that one right now. i bought 25lbs of raw almonds from justalmonds.com and have been making candied almonds, smoked paprika almonds, and grinding them and baking the best paleo desserts! i know they won't help w/ weight loss.....