Originally Posted by DaryLLL
Oh! I assumed we were talking about a young bfed baby. Was she bfed? Did she always have issues? Did you never eliminate dairy completely while bfing?
If she had dairy through your milk from day 1, she didn't get the gut protection a baby would who was diagnosed early with dairy sensitivity. I didn't understand you were just figuring this out with a 3 yr old.
: Yes, I am just figuring this out. She was/is BFed, never had a drop of formula or cow's milk. (As a rule, I don't believe in cow's milk, but I've allowed yogurt and some cheese.) I was/am very careful about her nutrition. We are not junk-fooders by any means (aside from my occasional ice cream benders). We follow, more or less, Garden of Eating/NT. (I'm not completely obtuse, only partially.
) She had mild eczema as an infant, but it went away within the first few months. She never had any other overt allergy symptoms. I gave up dairy for a period when she was a newborn (around age 2 months) and saw no significant improvement. There are no dairy allergies in my family.
I always just thought she a poor sleeper b/c I never nightweaned her and I still think that is part of the story. I accepted long ago that she wouldn't sleep well until she was developmentally ready and I assumed that might be until the age of 3 or 4. She still nurses at night, though when she is off dairy, she doesn't typically nurse until around 4 or 5 AM, meaning she is sleeping one heckuva long stretch prior to that!
She's had chronic nighttime congestion which we initially linked to dust mites. We found that after we first washed our sheets, her breathing improved. We started washing sheets more often and we even went so far as to remove the carpet in our room a few months ago. When that final step didn't show us the improvement we were looking for, I was disappointed and a bit baffled. Fast forward a bit, DD starts to complain about wax in her ears (roughly 6 weeks ago). Mind you, this is a child who has only had one ear infection (in one ear) in her life, which we treated with breastmilk.
I started doing some reading on fluid in the ears and found that chronic effusion is linked to dairy allergy. Though fluid in her ears has not been a chronic problem for her, I figured I'd try eliminating dairy thinking it couldn't hurt.
The rest of the story, I guess you know from my post.
Here is what I think now. I think my DD has a dairy sensitivity. I think I probably do better without it, too. I think, actually, that most/many people do not tolerate dairy well and would find just that if they elminated it completely from their diets. However, eliminating dairy is difficult to do and in the absence of truly obvious and irritating symptoms, it takes a lot of willpower as well. That is the reason I think so many of us cling to our dairy.
Oh dear, I'm afraid I'm sounding/feeling a bit more defensive than I intended! I appreciate the insight. I truly do!