I came to MDC in the fall of 2002, seeking support b/c our then-peds. insisted there was no way for me to continue breastfeeding. Our son was seriously ill from the effect of multiple food allergies and they were very insistent on switching him to formula. This board gave me the info and support I needed so desperately. My son, now 22-mos, is allergic to dairy, soy, egg, corn, bananas and avocados, peanuts, treenuts, wheat, buckwheat, quinoa, barley, coconut, sesame, and most fruit. Our allergist and new ped. have told me to nurse as long as I can take it, three years being the optimal minimum. So, for over a year now, I've followed his diet. And it is so worth it. He's healthy and happy. It's encouraged (um, forced?) my entire family to take a hard look at how we eat and to find alternative foods. We're learning how to find healthy, organic, unprocessed foods at affordable prices and we're learning how to cook some really interesting things. This is, after all, my son's life and, by eliminating his allergens from my diet now, we've learned how to read labels and cook and be aware of dangerous situations. I crave my old food all the time. I miss the convenience of just grabbing something while I'm out--everything takes so much preparation. I miss restaurants. For the last few weeks, I've been craving this particular black bean burrito from one of my favorite restaurants. But I still have at least another year, so it'll have to wait. I know moms who will "cheat", but, y'know, I've seen my son so incredibly sick that it just isn't worth the risk. Sometimes, though, I do have to vent and whine--and dh will listen to me complain--and then it passes.
Hang in there!!