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Old 11-06-2005, 10:53 AM   #1  
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This is a great site. You all seem so supportive. My dd is now 3 months old and has severe reflux. There have been so many things that I have to eliminate from my diet that I find myself snacking on terrible foods. I am trying to add soy milk this week so we'll see what happens. Right now I can't have dairy, broccoli or cucumbers. I am also struggling with how much or little I should be eating to help maintain a good milk supply. I would love any advice or suggestions!
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:42 AM   #2  
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Adequate hydration & protein are the biggies when it comes to milk production. I'd also advise you to be careful with soy milk; soy is actually one of the bigger allergens.
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:49 PM   #3  
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Yes l;ike others stated soy is a big no-no for many babies especially with reflux. What meds in your little one on? Kena is on Pepcid and carafete and seems to be doing much better. I also eliminated dairy, soy, chocolate, and caffeine. Chocolate and caffeine can make reflux for babies and adults worst so you may want to consider eliminating this as well.

Get on a calcium supplement right away!

Here is a list of safe foods that do not contain dairy or soy, you will also find good snack ideas.

DISCLAIMER: Here's a general list, but remember it is crucial to read all food labels, EACH time you buy a product & double check the ingredients on this list – manufacturer’s have been known to change without warning.

Cereal: Life, Kix, HealthValley Rice Crunch-Ems, Rice Chex, Puffed Rice Barabara's Breakfast O's, Barbara's Rice Puffins, Barbara's Shredded Oats, Post Shredded Wheat,
Nature's Choice Cereal Bars * contains nut
Whole Kids Waffles
Ore Ida hash browns
Cascadian Farms Hash Browns (
Plain Oatmeal
Kelloggs Pop-Tarts (Strawberry and Brown Sugar/Cinnamon)*

Lunch/Dinner/Easy Prep
Tyson Chicken Nuggets
Ian's Chicken Nuggets
Yorkshire Farms Hot Dogs
Shelton's Turkey Dogs
365 Tater Tots
McDonald's Hamburgers (no bun -- it has soy flour)
McDonald's French Fries (may be cooked in soy oil)
BK Hamburgers (no bun -- it has buttermilk)
BK French Fries (may be cooked in soy oil)
Roads End Organic Mac & Chreese
Cascadian Farms Country Style Potatoes
Pacific Foods Free Range Chicken Broth (
Yukon GOld Rissole Potatoes with Garden Herbs
Yukon Gold Julienne Fries with Sea Salt (
Ian's Sweet Potato Fries
*contains wheat* Amy's Roasted Vegetable Pocket Sandwich (
Black Olives
Green Olives
Albacore Tuna in Water
Dole Tropical Fruit Salad
Armour Jumbo Beef Hot Dogs
Kid Cuisine Franks & Beans (beware -- this can get messy!!!)

Obviously all fruits & veggies (no sauce or butter) are okay, as are any unprocessed, unbreaded meats

Gerber Fruit Wagon Wheels (no veggie ones -- they have milk)
Gerber Fruit Snacks
Nabisco Fun Fruits
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
President's Choice Animal Crackers
Dominick's Animal Cookies
Sesmark Rice Thins
Newman's Own Pretzels
Newman's Own Alphabet Cookies (Graham & Arrowroot)
Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Veggie Chips (no veggie booty, though, it has soy)
Rold Gold Pretzels
Good Health Quilt Crackers (Triscuts)
Hain Wheatettes (Wheat Thins)
Trader Joe's Potato Sticks
Mother's Plain no sodium Rice cakes
Kroger low sodium Rice cakes
Edward & Son's Bakes Brown Rice Snaps
Store brand Rice Cakes (plain)
Chi-Chi's Salsa
Desert Trading Co. Black Bean Dip
Plain, Old-Fashioned Popcorn

Edy's Whole Fruit Frozen Fruit Bars
Rice Dream Frozen Dessert

Rice Milk (365, Rice Dream, Westbrae & Pacific Foods are all safe)
You can substitute rice milk for cow's milk in most recipes with no problem.

Sara Lee Bagels
Iron Kids Bread
Grissini Classic flavor breadsticks (from Trader Joe's)

canola oil instead of butter or margarine
Flieshmann’s Light IN THE TUB
Mother’s Margarine – ONLY during Passover

Spectrum Shortening
Olive Oil
Canola Oil
Distilled Vinegar
Lipton Recipe Secrets - Savory Herb with Garlic

French's Zesty Deli Style Mustard
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup

Baby Food:
Gerber Lil Entrees -- Turkey & Green Bean Dices and Chicken & Veggies varieties
Gerber Graduates Turkey & Rice Stew
Gerber Apple wagon wheels
Healthy Times Vanilla Biscuits for Teethers
Beechnut Soy Free Oatmeal
Gerber Fruit Wagon Wheels

Calcium and Vitamins
Nature's Plus Calcium Supplement (also corn free)
Yummi Vegetarian Multivitamin
Yummi Calcium Supplement

OTC Medications that are okay include Children's Advil (liquid suspension), Children's Dye-Free Benedryl, PediaCare, & Mylicon. Antibiotics that are okay: Amoxicillan (suspension), Augmentin (suspension & chewables), & Lorabid.

List of Milk derivitives:
Artificial butter flavor
Butter fat
Buttermilk solids
Caramel color
Caramel flavoring
Cream Curds
"De-lactosed" whey
Demineralized whey
Dried milk
Dry milk solids
Fully cream milk powder
High protein flavor
Lactalbumin phosphate
Milk derivate
Milk protein
Milk solids
Natural flavoring
Pasteurized milk
Rennet casein
Skim milk powder
Sour cream (or solids)
Sour milk solids
Whey powder
Whey protein concentrate

List of Soy Derivatives:
Gum arabic
Bulking agent
Guar gum
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
MSG (Monosodium glutamate) !
Protein extender
Soy Flour
Soy nuts
Soy panthenol
Soy protein
Soy protein isolate or concentrate
Soy sauce
Soybean oil
Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
Vegetable broth
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch
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Old 11-09-2005, 12:25 AM   #4  
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I've had so much conspiring against my trying to breastfeed. First, I just wasn't producing enough that he refused to breastfeed and we had to supplement him. To get him to breastfeed, dad dribbled a bottle of formula down my breast into the corner of his mouth, after he latched on, to keep him sucking until the milk started flowing, which took a couple of days.

Then came gas issues. We've tried everything, from cutting out just about everything from my diet, with no effects. Now the doc has put him on Hyoscyamine Sulfate, as Mylicon was not working. He also had to prescribe Nystatin for his bottom, as he has more than normal bowel movements and they are explosive after he strains for awhile to get one out, and they were irritating his bottom to the point that zinc oxide ointments were not working. I've been reading online and found another little girl with the exact same issues. Their doc prescribed something called Levsin. I'm printing out some info on this with comparisons to what Mikey's been going through and asking the doc about it when we see him next Tuesday.

And after all this, I had to have an MRI today, and the cardiologist who scheduled it did NOT tell me a few things. One in particular was that I can't breastfeed for 2 days. ::sigh::
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Old 11-09-2005, 04:46 PM   #5  
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Just wanted to add, it is very possible that soy milk will affect your breastmilk production, because soy has so many phytoestrogens (same reason menopausal women LIKE it, may be why younger women should stay away from it). I just did a lot of research on soy-based infant formulas and the connection to early menstruation & breast cancer in the girls who were fed it, because of all the hormones.

My own daughter received both breast milk and formula, and she is soy-intolerant now, even though she never had soy milk or formula as a baby. It gives her gas & diarrhea now so it's just dairy or rice milk. I actually like vanilla flavored rice milk! It's pretty expensive though. Also this stuff called Almond Milks is really good too... ok I'm making myself hungry again.
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Old 11-09-2005, 09:04 PM   #6  
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Thanks for all the responses! Well I guess soy milk is out so I will try the rice milk. I saw the vanilla flavor and that doesn't sound to bad on cereal at least. She is actually doing much better than a few weeks ago where I was having to pump and thicken it before she ate in an effort to keep more in her. She is just on zantac which has eliminated the hours upon hours of screaming. She still throws up alot of what she eats but at least she is gaining wieght finally. When she was in the hospital, she had a few bottles of thickened formula because I was having problems with pumping. She didn't tolerate the formula at all. I am taking a calcium supplement and trying to eat more protein than nrmal so I guess I'm on the right track! Thanks again.
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Old 11-09-2005, 10:19 PM   #7  
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Sounds like you are doing great. I hear you on the screaming for hours on end, I am so happy the zantac is working. The vomiting will not end with any medication, the meds just help them feel better when they do vomit.

About the diaper ointments, zinc oxide is pretty harsh opne and can make dc problems worst, we only use A&D in our house it is so much nicer on there bottoms.
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Old 11-11-2005, 10:47 PM   #8  
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that sounds delicious! I'll have to try out wome new recipes!
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