You have So many wonderful responses already, I'm not sure if I should reply.. or if you'll even make it to reading my long story. I'm going to post it anyway in case it helps!
My son had severe eczema from his first few days of life. I tried all the elimination diets, thinking I was doing it right... Finally I tried a total elimination diet, Dr Sears has a nice one - you eat like 5 foods, no seasonings except sea salt, etc. After 2 weeks, my sons problems (and he had alot more than severe eczema) were GONE. So I knew at that point it was certainly a reaction, its the perfect way to rule it one way or the other. Problem was I couldnt figure out exactly what food it was still. At that point we started seeing an allergist. RAST tests are highly inaccurate in infants & small children, dont put alot of weight into those results. Skin-prick was the only thing that ever worked with my 2 allergic kiddos.
Sure enough, after 1 skin test we had our answer. Seemed easy enough, I started eliminating every trace of the food & he got better. 2 months later he developed a new allergy & we had to go thru the testing again. Same thing, skin test found it, I eliminated - he was better for a couple of months. Whole thing started again.... ugh. Throughout this entire ordeal our allergist was pretty adamant that it was time I gave up BF, too many reactions & too many new exposures to food proteins thru my bm. I ignored him, but at 11 months I started to cave... maybe they were right, it was just SO hard. (my son had severe, constant projectile vomiting along with the eczema- so it truly seemed as though I was causing him great harm...) I finally gave in & weaned. He ended up on Neocate (prescription, extremely expensive & no complete proteins in it). Well, wouldnt ya know, he STILL had reactions.
Then we end up in a GI docs office who specializes in food allergic children. The first thing he said to me? "I really wish you had come to see me before you quit breastfeeding, I could have helped you & he would be far better off getting breastmilk than formula" Wow, I cried...
My point in all this is not to let anyone dissuade you from bf'ing. A child with health issues is a child that really NEEDS BM!!
And I second all the other posts... cod liver oil, borage or evening primrose oil for mom, maybe wheat germ for the vitamin E (great for skin healing), and a probiotic supplement would all be very helpful to babe.
It does get better too, my ds is now 3 1/2 and he has outgrown many of his food allergies. Now only has 2 left. He hasnt had an eczema flare since he was 12 months old.
Good luck to you, keep searching & the answers will find you!!
Mom to Paige 6/01 and Aidan 5/02