My nursing baby is sensitive to dairy. I avoid dairy food. What about food with dairy ingredients?. You mentioned that your baby has a dairy sensitivity, and this can mean a couple of different things. It could either be lactose intolerance or it could be a true milk allergy. For babies who have a try milk allergy, it can cause rashes (like hives), upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, and even breathing problems after cow's milk protein is ingested. For a breastfed baby, cow's milk protein passes to them through the mother's milk when the mother eats dairy products. And if a baby has a true milk allergy, then dairy products should be avoided altogether. A few different factors will affect how much cow's milk protein the baby gets. It depends on the type of dairy, how much of it the mother ate, and how long it's been since she ate it. It can take anywhere from hours to a day for different things to pass in the breast milk, so it's really hard to peg down when what you eat is going to end up in your breast milk.
If your baby has a lactose intolerance, that's a different type of issue. Your baby lacks an enzyme that breaks it down, and some babies do okay with the mother eating just a little bit of dairy. So you asked specifically about eating a pastry that has milk listed as an ingredient, or having a splash of creamer with your coffee. That might be possible if your baby has just the lactose intolerance, but if they have a true milk allergy, that could be enough to cause them to have a reaction. I recommend talking with your pediatrician about it, and based on their knowledge of your baby's circumstances and history, they'll be able to give you the best advice. If you have any other questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IntermountainMoms, and recommend us to your friends and family too.
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