Like most moms, I’d do anything for my baby — even radically change my diet while breastfeeding to accommodate her weirdo food intolerance. OK, so an intolerance to dairy is not that weird, but it was sort of crushing since I was already a vegetarian, and dairy had been my primary source of protein until the day I found out about my daughter’s cow’s milk protein allergy.
It all started when I found bloody poop in my 1-month-old’s diaper, which totally freaked me out. I was so relieved when my doctor said it wasn’t serious — just a cow’s milk protein allergy. Although my daughter was exclusively breastfed, she was sensitive to the proteins in any cow’s milk products I consumed. In addition to the blood in her diaper, the milk proteins may have been causing discomfort, such as gassiness. I was instructed to eliminate all dairy from my diet.
Then I freaked out again. Because for the forseeable future, I wouldn’t be eating any dairy products that could pass into my breast milk, including butter, cheese, ice cream, and milk. Holy cow! Or in my case, no cow. It was a tall order because I was a dairy-lovin’ mama. But, I’m happy to report that after 10 months of eating dairy-free, I’ve become quite adept at finding cow’s milk alternatives that are absolutely delicious. If you’re interested in trying a dairy free diet, or if you’re being forced into it by your selfish baby (kidding), here are the products that have saved me from udder dairy deprivation.
Amy Wruble was a prolific producer of reality TV before having kids provided enough reality to last a lifetime. She is now a freelance writer and blogger who contributes to Momtastic, mom.me, Scary Mommy and The Huffington Post. The mother of two girls, Amy knows the theme songs and sidekicks of every Disney princess. She lives in the Los Angeles area and is very convincing as a blonde. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.