When my son was an infant he was extremely colicky and my husband kept on saying to me “He is allergic to something. There is something wrong.” But the pediatrician always dismissed my concerns and kept on saying “allergies to milk are extremely rare” and it is his “undeveloped digestive system.” I was breastfeeding and […]
melissa - I’m glad to finally see your blog. Lauren told me about you. What you have written is very interesting. The insomnia connection to allergies is so interesting. I wonder if my son has allergies, or perhaps some intolerance. He’s prone to having gas! Is this a sign of intolerance?
gfcfmom - Thanks for your comment. Gas can be a sign of lactose intolerance intolerance–which can be a sign of undiagnosed celiac disease. Gas by itself wouldn’t be alarming, but terrible gas with other allergic symptoms (red face, red ears,dark circles under eyes, distended abdomen, short stature, pain and discomfort, developmental delays, headaches, muscle aches etc)might be suggestive of an intolerance. It is all very complicated, but an awareness of the complexity of the situation and what to look for is important as these things seem to be more common and more overlooked by doctors.
Natalie - GFCF Mom-
In response to your article, my pediatrician told me that really giving whole cow’s milk to babies is complete laziness on our part. He told me cow’s milk is for baby cows and he told me to breastfeed and make sure the kids got their daily vitamin intake through their food. He also said that there is quite a strong link between cow’s milk and autoimmune disease.
I am excited about your new blog. Very interesting points you are making!
journeytocrunchville - I agree that regular cows milk is awful for just about everyone. We have found tremendous health benefits in raw cows milk. Raw goats milk is even better for you but I can’t stomach the taste. For those who can’t breastfeed and need to use formula, formula made from raw goats milk and combined with other ingredients is supposed to be a superb choice. I believed the hype about raw milk being dangerous for a long time until I looked into it.
My daughter who can’t have regular milk at all or she breaks out in hives tolerates raw milk perfectly.
I know that those who shy away from dairy all together wouldn’t find this as an acceptable alternative though.
A website I found really useful was http://www.realmilk.com
My gluten free friends all have great success with raw cow and goat milk products but can’t have regular dairy at all.