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I am vegetarian and went on an elimination diet with my son too. I ate a lot of lentils and split peas. Beans can be gassy, but I couldn’t cut out everything- and I made sure they were really well cooked. It helps if you buy dry and soak them at least over night, then drain and rinse them before cooking. Also throw out the cooking water and rinse again before eating. That gets rid of most of the gas producing compounds in legumes.
I was really strict and eliminated everything for a little over two weeks. It was hard, and I cried a lot, but I did it. I also started to notice improvement in DS gas and colicky symptoms. Then I added the protein type foods first- saved things like citrus, chocolate, broccoli for last. Luckily, he didn’t seem to have a reaction to nuts- so I was able to eat nut butters again and that really helped with the rest of the time. I did find, however, in our case that onions and garlic were huge offenders gas wise, soy was a minor offender gas wise, and dairy was a major problem. It was worth the investment of time and energy to figure it out. We ended up eating lots of vegan meals- and had to find ways to make them tasty that did not involve onions.
BTW- caffeine can cause big tummy troubles for little babes- so giving it up for the time being is a step in the right direction.
Another thing that helped us was for me to take acidophilous tablets. I can't remember if I took them before or after the meal- but the directions were right on the jar. My midwife said this might help him digest better- and it did seem to help.