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for All Lactating People.
for All Lactating People.
Are you breastfeeding and have been told to give up dairy? This advice may have come from your doctor, a good friend, or another breastfeeding momma. I hear this advice given regularly as a solution to solve certain symptoms in babies- especially in mom groups!
As a lactation expert, this is one of the most frustrating pieces of advice people give to my clients. Gassy baby? Give up dairy! Baby spits up? Give up dairy! Fussy baby? Give up dairy!
Giving up dairy seems to be the "cure all" to everything these days- when it's actually usually NOT the answer.
If you're new to my blog, welcome!
Hi, I'm Kelly Maher Carvell, CLC, CLE.
I'm the expert in breastfeeding issues related to oversupply and lactose overload.
I've helped thousands of parents like you to reverse their baby's symptoms, and find peace in their breastfeeding journeys.
If you're reading this post and think, "Whoa! This sounds like me!" then your one on one support with me is just a click away.
So, if a dairy intolerance in your baby isn't the solution, what is? Lactose overload. A sneaky breastfeeding problem that more of you may have than you realize.
Lactose overload can appear to many (even pediatricians!!!!) to be a dairy sensitivity in your baby. And it's not surprising why that is, they do share similar symptoms, HOWEVER when these symptoms arise, you should always seek the expert advise of a lactation professional. Doing so could save you a ton of headaches, and save you from having to unnecessarily give up cheese!
Before we get into the nitty gritty details, let me tell you a little story .....
This is me. You're about to have a short photo
That picture, with the big milk leak was taken about an hour after my 5 week old had nursed.
I was soaked, and my milk was still leaking everywhere.
I went to my kitchen and grabbed my Medela Harmony hand pump (I love this pump by the way) because my milk was literally spraying. I squeezed the handle ONE TIME to create some suction to collect the leaking milk and THIS was what I caught......
Then, I nursed my 5 week old, who still got sprayed in the face.
While nursing her, I decided to text a friend, and sent her these pictures. She had the brilliant idea of taking a picture of my pumped milk AFTER baby was done nursing. So I did. And I think it captures the lactose overload beautifully.
As you can see from the two bottles, the milk looks quite different. I'll explain more on that below, but first let's talk about lactose overload, and how you would know you may have it.
Symptoms of Lactose Overload in Your Baby May Include:
Check out what Danielle had to say about fixing
lactose overload with me in this short video:
Kelly Maher Carvell, CLC, CLE
Hi, I'm Kelly! A lactation expert passionate about providing evidence based lactation education to parents. One of my favorite lactation nerd topics is the infant microbiome and the overwhelming magic of human milk. I hope you enjoy my blog and podcast, and take away some incredible insights that positively impact your lactation journey!
The Lactation Nerd Blog was formerly the Successful Breastfeeding Blog.
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