I'm not a mean or selfish person but man...sometimes the selflessness of others blows me away. There is a mom in my due date/birth month group that is doing something so amazing for another mom in the group that I had to share.
There is a little monkey in our group that has a lot of dietary sensitivities--including but not limited to:
He has had trouble gaining weight and his mom has been struggling. Since breastfeeding wasn't an option for them, she's been struggling to find a formula he wasn't allergic to--especially since so many have soy. She's tried everything...and I mean everything...including a homemade formula with a coconut milk base. His allergies were making life miserable for all.
Then---lo and behold, another mom from our group offered to help out. Not only is she pumping extra milk and shipping it across country....but to make her milk free of any allergens, she has totally removed anything with dairy, corn, wheat, soy etc. At the bottom is a list of some of things she has to avoid or look for on labels to avoid.
Anyway--she's avoided these things for three weeks and has pumped milk to send him. The first shipment just went into the mail yesterday! What an amazing selfless act to change your entire diet/lifestyle for someone else's baby.....a baby she's never met and a mom she's never met.
I've been stalking the tracking number all day!
Some people are just better people than me.
Things that this amazing woman has eliminated:
Avoid foods that contain milk or any of these ingredients
Artificial butter flavor
Butter, butter fat, butter oil
Casein (Casein hydrolysate)
Caseinates (in all forms)
Half & Half
Lactalbumin, Lactalbumin phosphate
Milk (in all forms including condensed, derivaitive, dry, evaporated, goat's milk and milk from other animals, low-fat, malted, milkfat, non-fat, powder, protein, skimmed, solids, whole)
Sour Cream, Sour cream solids
Sour milk solids
Whey (in all forms)
May indicate the presence of milk protein:
Flavorings (natural & artificial)
High protein flour
Lactic acid starter culture
Luncheon meat, hot dogs, sausages
Avoid foods that contain wheat or any of these ingredients
Flour (all purpose, bread, cake, durum, enriched, graham, high gluten, high protein, instant, pastry, self-rising, soft wheat, steel ground, stone ground, whole wheat)
Matzoh, matzoh meal (also spelled as matzo)
Wheat (bran, germ, gluten, malt, sprouts)
Whole Wheat Berries
May indicate the presence of wheat protein:
Flavoring (natural & artificial)
Starch (gelatinized starch, modified starch, modified food starch, vegetable starch, wheat starch)
Avoid all foods that contain soy or any of these ingredients:
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Soy (Soy albumin, Soy fiber, Soy flour, Soy grits, Soy Lecithin, Soy Milk, Soy Nuts, Soy Oils, Soy Sprouts)
Soybean (curd, granules)
Soy Protein (concentrate, isolate)
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
May indicate the presence of soy protein:
Flavoring (natural & artificial)
Avoid all foods that contain corn or any of these ingredients:
Baking powder (barb said this was ok to use in baking the amount that would make it to ur breastmilk shouldn't affect him)
Corn syrup solids
May indicate the presence of corn protein:
Modified food starch
Umm....yeah....that's a heck-load of things.