When I was still pregnant I read a book by Anne Lamott called Operating Instructions: A Journal Of My Son’s First Year. Lamott is a writer who at age 35 gave birth to her son and became a single mother. There was a really poignant passage where she talks about when her newborn son was so colic-y and she was so far at her wit’s end that she called a child abuse prevention hotline for parents who thought they might be in danger of abusing their children. After much talking (and crying) she was advised to give up dairy and wheat in her diet to reduce the stress on her baby’s delicate digestive system and, hopefully, stop the constant screaming. It worked.
Most people aren’t aware how common foods like dairy and wheat in a mother’s breast milk can be irritants are to their babies. Many new moms have to give up dairy, wheat, soy, eggs, spicy foods, or acidic foods to help ease their baby’s digestion. The standard course of action involves giving up everything potentially irritating to see if that changes the baby’s temperament. Then you slowly add one ingredient back in and watch the results. This is the elimination diet.
These are recipes that do not contain milk, cheese or other dairy products.