Planning a menu around my Elimination Diet for Jonah has only been getting more challenging lately. In addition to cutting out all of the top 8 allergens, I have discovered a couple foods I have to add to the “no-no” list because they make him gassy to the point that he fusses all day and night. Not fun. So onto the list goes broccoli, beans (how I normally survive), and borderline on spinach.
The other main thing we found out is that tomatoes are just awful for his eczema. I have had them twice and both times have produced a baby broken out in pain the next morning when he went to bed happy and clear. I have tried one last time to eat some marinara tonight just to solidify that we’re right, but we’re pretty positive tomorrow morning will not be pretty for him.
I have to admit that it’s hard. Sometimes lately I feel like my milk is hurting more than helping him because his system seems to be so sensitive. But I know despite the setbacks, there is still so much good coming from me nursing him exclusively. I won’t quit. I didn’t quit when I was separated from Sadie after birth with heart failure having to build up a milk supply from nothing despite persistent, glass shattering thrush and I won’t quit on Jonah despite his allergies. Now or later they would have to be addressed. And these setbacks and challenges are exactly why I love breastfeeding so much that I became a CLEC!
I’m taking the challenge head on and will press on!
So here’s what we’re eating this week. No allergens. No tomatoes. No beans. No broccoli. No spinach. No problem.
- Vegan Pesto
- Baked Turkey Taquitos & Salad
- Grilled Cheese & Salad (just a huge salad for me)
- Mexican Chicken Stew
- Oatmeal Waffles & Eggs (no eggs for me)
- Herb Turkey & Potato Skillet