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I am still sort of a newbie when it comes to understanding all this, and have some questions about dairy allergies for any of you who have had to deal with them.
First, here's a quick background: At 2 months old, ds developed eczema in his diaper area. I asked my doctor if it could be something in my diet, since he is exclusively bf'ed, and she said no, probably not. She gave us Elidel to try, but on a hunch I quit eating dairy products- since I seem to get eczema more when I eat dairy, and have a bit of a lactose intolerance, I thought maybe it was bothering ds too. I cut back on dairy and started him on a homeopathic remedy, and his eczema got better; and then I quit dairy entirely and w/in 2 weeks, his eczema cleared up completely. He has had 2 flare-up since, and both times I accidentally consumed milk products because I didn't read labels of something I ate. We never used the Elidel.
So, today we had him at public health and the nurse asked if he had allergies. I told her about the dairy in my diet and his eczema. I asked if it could be lactose, and she said that there is lactose in human milk, so if he did have a dairy allergy, it was probably due to the proteins in cow's milk. I thought that maybe the lactose molecules in human milk were different than in cow's milk, but she said no, lactose is lactose is lactose. So, my first question would be is she right about this?
Second, if it is an allergy to the protein in milk, is there a way to make it more digestible? I am curious about other's experiences here. I have been reading Nourishing Traditions and the author talks about cultured dairy products. Has anyone here with milk allergies tried any of these with any success?
Third, I am wondering about organic vs. non organic milk products, and what people's experience with these were as well as raw milk in comparison to pasteurised milk.
I bought some organic butter and am going to try making ghee (clarified butter) soon. I hope to try some other organic cultured milk products. I am also anxiously awaiting springtime because I will then have access to raw goat's milk. I am keeping my fingers crossed that ds will be able to tolerate some of these things.