Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Want to know what's worse than giving up dairy for 3 weeks and gluten for one?

Having to give up BOTH for who knows how long.

{oh and anything made with eggs too}.

When we left Gabe's naturopath appointment today I felt a bit teary - not only have I been reduced to a diet of meat, rice and almond milk {okay it's not that bleak, but I'm trying to garner your sympathy here}. But to finally have someone - a professional - validate what we've known all along was chicken soup for the 'please help our son' soul. Here's what we knew:

- we knew that an exclusively breastfed baby shouldn't have man smelling farts that burnt nose hairs and cleared rooms.

- we knew it wasn't normal for babies to go 8-12 days without pooping.

- we knew that our baby was in some serious pain every time he woke up screaming with drawn knees and rock hard abs.

- we knew Gabe's feeding schedule, every hour on the hour, was a bit extreme.

- we knew that most babies didn't like to be folded in half and vigorously spanked patted, but ours would fall asleep like that.

- we knew it had something to do with my diet, but we didn't know what...

And now we do. I'm pretty sure this is the healthiest I'll ever be eating - no milk, no cheese, no bread, no cereal... meal planning is no longer a resolution, it's essential.

If you have any gluten/dairy free recipes that are quick and EASY {emphasis on easy} please forward them along.

Truthfully I was considering a switch to formula; we actually planned on asking the naturopath for a brand recommendation. I thought it might be best for everyone if I stopped nursing altogether; Saige - who typically adores her baby brother - asked if we could leave Gabe at home the other day so she didn't have to hear him cry. 

My main reason for wanting to continue breastfeeding has more to do with convenience than with the 'mothers milk is best' mantra. Most moms who've formula fed for one reason or another swear that formula is waaaay easier, but I just don't see it. You have to buy it, mix it, bottle it, pack it, warm it, etc. and with boob feeding you just have to whip it {out} and maybe cover it if you're trying to be discrete. Am I right or am I missing something?

Anywho, here's what my breakfasts are going to look like from now on. Don't let the box fool you, gluten free cereal is disgusting...


D @ Naptime in Suburbia said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you and Gave have to deal with this. Poor baby!

Sandra Kohlmann said...

For a tastier, more satisfying breakfast, try baked oatmeal. You'll want to take a look at the oatmeal container, to be sure it's gluten free. Oats don't have gluten, but can be contaminated in processing.

Use whole oats, vanilla non-dairy milk, a little sweetener and whatever fruit you like. I use combos like pineapple and blueberries, apples and raisins, cherries, blueberries and blackberries. I use about 1 1/2 cups "milk" for each cup off oats, plus as much fruit as I have on hand. Mix it all together in a casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees until it's the texture you like. If you like creamy oatmeal, keep it covered. If you like a little crunch, bake uncovered. You can mix it together at night and bake in the morning.

How's that for a long comment?

ana {bluebirdkisses} said...

we make a huge batch of steel cut oats on sunday with almond milk and then store it in a glass rubbermaid container for the week. Every morning I just take out a couple of scoops, pop it in the microwave for like 20seconds, add cinnamon, blueberries and honey or brown sugar to it and presto easy quick breakfast....but the prep time on sundays takes some time.

as for lunch/dinner recipes....well you can find glutenfree breads that are really good. I don't eat gluten bread hardly ever. You can usually get it in most grocery stores. You can also buy quinoa pasta, which again should be easy to throw in a pot of boiling water...whole foods has it but I'm sure other stores do as well. Roasted veggies are easy, you can prep them on the weekends, store in giant ziplock bags and just take them out as needed...toss with a bit of olive oil, seasoning and put them in the oven for about 15minutes. Try avocado on your toast instead of butter...honestly I think its amazing but maybe I'm weird. Also you can make polenta as a sidedish...its corn based, and it is pretty yummy with meats, and even tomato sauce and you can make it in about 10min in the microwave. I"m sure I have more to write but I don't want to overwhelm your comments box haha :D

oh and breastfeeding....well I agree with you on easy with popping out the boob vs all the prep with formula. I think nursing is a personal choice though and I think you need to do what you think is best and what works for you. I wanted to nurse J until he was old enough to drink whole milk, and I'm fortunate enough that it works for us. But that's not the case for everyone. Do what you have to do to keep everyone in your family heatlhy {that includes you btw}.

Ashley said...

whoa! we need to talk. My little guy goes a week+ without a dirty diaper, has farts that make a teenage boy jealous and feeds every two-three hours. I'm going to read back in your blog a bit to see if there's more to this story but please email me and let me know how you discovered this!

MSDeyle said...

I laughed out loud with understanding when you said that Saige wanted to leave him at home! I believe (as my mom loves to tell me) that I said the same thing with my little sister. She cried... a lot.

I found formula to be easier because I had to pump almost exclusively since my girl didn't do too well after about 3 months with breast feeding. Pumping, icing the milk all day, unpacking, refridgerating, cleaning up, repacking, and remembering to get it to daycare was too much for me! But if you are at home or can breastfeed without having to pump all the time then I agree that that seems easier.

Heather said...

Oh Sara you are living my worst eating nightmare!! (I just ate a hunk of milk chocolate for breakfast!) Try Also I bought the cookbook from the lady who had that GF restaurant a few years ago in Vernon - 2-P's or something?? I"ll dig it out for you when I get back. we should have a cooking party and make and freeze some treats for you!

Brianne G said...

does this mean we now have to have gluten free pizza nights? I'm happy you finally have some answers.

Anonymous said...

Sara that sounds EXACTLY like my son. At 5 months old we went on a trip and out of convenience I thought I'd try formula for the first time (Good Start - the regular one). All of the sudden I had a new baby that week and everything changed for the better - all the symptoms you mentioned above were gone. Let's just say that I had over 1.5 months of frozen milk that I literally watched go down the drain and I never looked back. In fact, my first kid had colic for almost 6 months. After 1.5 weeks on formula it was like my baby underwent an exorcism and the colic was gone. I am not "pro" anything (women should do what they want) but I can tell you that formula was what changed my kids. I heart Good Start... :)

Sarah said...

I never give advice re: formula, but I know for me, not only is it easier, it was necessary (no milk supply. literally, a dry barren land am I). Regardless, I have a few friends who have gone glutten dairy and everything else fun free in order to discover what was affecting their kids. They said it was kinda like the newborn stage, short term pain for long term gain... but that being said, I am a huge believer in doing what is best for the family as a whole, so that's the perspective I would take were I in your shoes. Good luck, my friend! (ps- almond milk = amazing!!!)

the rikrak studio said...

oh gosh. sorry about this tough time for you nicey!

wishing you all things great and hope you'll be filled with great solutions and lotsa of great help, nicey!

thanks for coming to the blog-a-thon, nicey! so nice to see you

k. @ rikrak

SaigeWisdom said...

thanks so much everyone for your support and lovely gluten/dairy free recipes, websites, etc. - I knew I could count on you. We're on day 3 and if things don't get better in a couple weeks I think we'll re-evaluate. xo

Bri {collected} said...

Oh good luck! I spent 3 months on no dairy of an kind, in any form for Rilo because she spit up ALL THE TIME and was gassy, but it never seemed to help. But it was a total adjustment that's for sure!! I hope you get a happy baby out of it all!!

Danielle Hardy said...

I don't have any recipes.. (I can't even cook normal food). I'm so sorry that you have to go through all this. What a good mama you are to be making all these changes in your diet. I've been thinking about your sweet boy and praying that all of this will result in a happy and healthy difference for the both of you :)

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