Today’s topic is about those “road bumps”, or difficulties we can sometimes run into with breastfeeding. With Nehemiah it felt less like a “bump” and more like a huge, unexpected pothole in the road, that almost swallowed us up. That pothole’s name is complete dairy intolerance.
I shared my frustrations in the early days of trying to figure out why he was so miserably unhappy and fussed so much at the breast in this post. He is also soy sensitive, which means I can’t use it as a dairy substitute, but he can handle it as a lower ingredient in various store bought foods.
Our struggles took me completely off guard. Nehemiah is my fourth child and fourth nursling. I felt like I had this breastfeeding thing pretty much figured out, until I almost got jarred out of my seat by this ugly pothole.
Thankfully, I can say after a year of being dairy-free that we have come out on the other side. I shared more about that here.
Even though things are so much better now, it’s still hard not having my favorite foods. Also, now that Nehemiah is over a year old, people are much less understanding about why I don’t just wean him so I can eat what I want. At times I wonder the same thing. But then he falls and hurts himself, and needs that easy comfort and reassurance, or he falls asleep cuddled close, and I know I’m still giving him something valuable, bumps and all!