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When I gave birth to my second child I found myself with a very ample milk supply. I began pumping to relieve engorgement and decided to start feeding it to my older son. He was diagnosed with autism at age 2, just eleven day's after his brother was born. He has always had a problem with milk, he resited breastfeeding and at three months old, dispite the efforts of a great lactation consultant, he just went on strike, so I started pumping for him because the rejection was too much. At about nine months of age my milk supply was diminshed so we started him on the dreaded formula. He was sick within minutes of drinking it, and try as i may i couldn't produce enough milk anymore! So deemed lactose intolerant he had soy formula until 12 months of age. He still struggled with the soy, so I started thinking he was just milk intolerant, even lactose free milk buggs him. When I found myself with all this extra milk after baby brothers birth, it seemed only natural to give it to my older son in his sippy, if I could of I would still be breastfeeding him, but this works too! Now my dellema is this, if there is casein in all mammels milk, can my son benifit from a CF/GF diet and consume my breastmilk? My son seems to be doing a little better, but when I was told he can't truely be G/F C/F while drinking my milk, I felt torn. I can't find any answers to this problem on the sites that promote this diet for autistic children, so maybe you other moms and dads can answer it.....<br>
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I don't know the answer to your question, but it is highly unlikely that you son is lactose intolerant. Human milk is very high in lactose and lactose intolerance is very rare in infants and toddlers. It is much more likely that he was reacting badly to the protiens in the formula, since he didn't have trouble with your very high lactose content milk.
 

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could it be that he is lactose intolerant and my breastmilk is contributing to his problems? i just want to help him so badly, and I have so little guidence!
 

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But you said that you pumped for him and he did ok. Correct? Only when your supply diminished did you turn to formula.<br><br>
His lack of ability to breastfeed could have been due to the sensory integration disorder.<br><br>
I think you should go ahead and try the breastmilk in his sippy. It's very well known that cows milk is not right for an infants system due to the proteins in cows milk NOT being compatible with human babies. It's perfect for baby cattle, though.<br><br>
Human milk for human children, right?<br><br>
Try it.
 

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It's more likely that the trouble that he did have with nursing was caused by your drinking milk or eating cheese and trace amounts showing up in your milk. When my DS was youbger he reacted to dairy protiens, if I ate any dairy he would get colicky(sp?). When my pediatrician explained it she was very clear that the slight reaction he had to my milk when <i>I</i> ate dairy would be several times worse if I gave him any dairy directly including formula.
 

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Please consider this...<br>
The cows milk given him was pastuerized and your own breastmilk is not.<br><br>
Pastuerization, especially ultra pastuerized, lactose treated or not milks are hard to digest.<br><br>
You may find some good information - atleast regarding milk allergies - at Weston A Price foundation on line. Also google Sally Falon.<br><br>
If he is doing better with your milk -that is just fine aint it?<br><br>
As for elimination dieting, you can toy around with it if you want to but it sounds like your doing something pretty cool. I think the hard part is finding our own paths...<br><br>
fyi I am not raising an autistic child, just thought I could help regarding milk intolerance.
 

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I'm not saying our situations are the same, but we are eating gfcf due to our health problems (my health is messed up from my fillings, and my son is also affected) and breastmilk was not a problem for my son. My son stopped banging his head on the wall while I was nursing and we were eating gfcf, and a couple times he got trace amts of gluten and did the head-banging thing for a few hours the next day. I don't think we ever had cross-contamination for casein, so I don't know for sure if he would've had the same reaction for casein, but I think the proteins in human milk are substantially different. And that sorta makes sense--cows, sheep, goats, etc are relatively far from us, evolutionarily-speaking. I've wondered if chimp or ape milk would be more similar to human milk (and be casein-free, I mean), but I don't know if anyone has ever gotten milk from them, so I doubt I'll ever know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Not saying your situation is the same, but this was our experience. And as a practical matter, if you think he's feeling better, that's the bottom line--you know him better than anyone else.<br><br>
ETA: you are eating gfcf too, right? otherwise, I think it could be a problem.
 

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My DS is also on the autism spectrum, but older, and he nursed well past 4.5. He had issues as a tiny infant if I consumed dairy, so I went off it till he was older and on solids when his system could handle me consuming dairy better. He has NEVER liked cow's milk, and to this day (5.5 now) will not even try it, not even chocolate milk. He does eat cheese and some yogurt, and seems to be okay with those. I kind of wonder though if part of his refusal of ANY drink other than water is kind of a natural defense mechanism as in his body does not handle it well? My personal opinion is that for the vast majority of kids, human milk cannot hurt, and could only help. So if you are able and willing to pump and give him milk, more power to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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