Over the past 5 years I have had a major change in diet. When my middle son was born he was having all kinds of digestive, rash, and reflux issues. I soon noticed a pattern that it was after certain things I would eat and then nurse him that he would have such an unsettled stomach. At the time we had an incredible integrative pediatrician, Dr. Sheila Kilbane who suggested we take a look at my diet in attempts to help out our little guy. So we began the grueling process of the elimination diet to find just the foods that were offenders to his little 9 lb. frame. Within days of removing gluten and dairy from my diet I had a new, symptom free, happy, cooing, and rested newborn baby. I was amazed and intrigued! I could not believe how quick the results were for our family and that it was as simply as what we ate. For the first time in 2 months I felt like I could rest easy again.We brought home this precious little bundle to a wild and wonderful toddler ready to meet his first sibling. It wasn’t long before we realized he was in a lot of pain when food passed through his tiny tummy, which resulted in a lot of tears for us all through the process. When I first took him to the doctor about it he was 2 months old. I thought maybe he was just a fussier baby in general and that we might just have to stick it out until he got a little older. As soon as I told our doctor the symptoms he was experiencing she suggested the elimination diet starting with the basic offenders of gluten, dairy, peanuts, eggs, and citrus. For someone who loves a good burger, cheese on everything, and daily eggs this was not going to be any easy feat for this exhausted, nursing a newborn, wrangling a toddler mama.
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