Getting a CMPA breastfeeding diet right is fundamental to your baby’s health once you’ve received a diagnosis and/or confirmed symptoms of CMPA in your baby. Here’s everything you need to know about health, confirming CMPA, the diet you’ll want to consider, and treats you can continue to enjoy!
Moving to a CMPA Breastfeeding Diet
Navigating the right way to do things without cutting out food groups unnecessarily can be a really daunting task, but having lived this situation I want to help you to feel confident that:
- You’re doing the right thing,
- You absolutely can do this.
Please note the advice in this post is not intended to replace the medical advice of a qualified healthcare professional.
One of the first things you may want to know the answer to is whether breastfeeding when your baby has an allergy is actually the best option for them (and you).
Is it Healthy to Nurse a CMPA Baby?
Nursing a baby with allergies is definitely possible – but it will (ideally) mean some changes to your diet.
While it’s technically possible to continue exactly as you are, it’s not recommended as your baby will continue to suffer and exhibit symptoms. If you’re worried about the impact of the required dietary changes on your or your infant’s health, you may like to read more about CMPA breastfeeding.
It’s also an option to switch to a dairy-free formula. But as we know, breastmilk is dynamic and provides your baby with the very best start, if you’re willing and able to nurse.
But before you decide to take any drastic steps, your next question might be:
Is There a Test For CMPA?
Wouldn’t it be so handy to take a simple test and have a definitive answer as to what’s going on with your baby! Sadly it’s not so simple.
To help you on your journey with cow’s milk protein allergy, I’ve written more about the gold standard for confirming CMPA and why dairy allergy testing is unreliable.
Is There Support Available With My Diet?
My personal experience with CMPA is that formal support is very much lacking. I know that some people have had excellent care following a referral to a dietitian, but sadly too many GP’s do not have adequate training in breastfeeding and allergies to offer relevant ongoing support.
I highly recommend finding an online support group of mums who’ve been where you are as the advice you’ll find there is likely to be very good. I wish I’d pushed for a referral to a dietitian so I do recommend requesting, however you should go to your GP armed with evidence and prepared for a battle.
What’s it Really Like Breastfeeding a CMPA Baby?
The reality is that it’s hard, but it’s worth it. In spite of all the challenges, I have never regretted breastfeeding my allergy baby.
That said, I’ve written about the reality of breastfeeding a baby with allergies to help prepare you for what’s ahead.
What About Probiotics?
This one is for your baby rather than you. If they’re something you’re considering for your infant, I’ve written about about baby probiotics for dairy allergies, linked to studies and research, and discussed whether they’re actually beneficial.
Allergy Breastfeeding and Special Occasions
Christmas is a particularly difficult time of the year when you are dairy-free. I’ve written an account of why I found this an especially tricky period.
Dairy Free Bread and Other Staples
Going dairy free is no mean feat. I’ve literally traipsed to four different shops desperately looking for a dairy-free sandwich in the past. I quickly learned that it means being very organised and making sure I always catered for myself, just in case.
One of the most basic foods you’ll be wanting to know about is bread. I’ve created a post comparing shop-bought dairy-free bread options. I intend to create more similar guides over time, and also add favourite recipes.
Dairy Free Truffles
For me, one of the hardest aspects of going dairy-free whilst breastfeeding was the fact that I was sleep-deprived and craving sugary treats. I’d never been so motivated to religiously stick to a diet, but I was also fanatical about finding delicious alternative foods!
One of my favourites is this easy recipe for making dairy-free truffles.
Tip: when I shopped for them, all Betty Crocker products were accidentally dairy free!
However, note that one thing you’ll come to learn is the importance of checking every ingredient list every time, because they can and do change without notice or anything to alert you to the fact.
Read more support for breastfeeding and CMPA.