The Benefits of My Milk
Anjanette R. Warren
Lancaster PA USA
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 22 No. 3, May-June 2005, p. 111
When my daughter was two months old, she was diagnosed with allergic proctocolitis (inflammation or irritation of the rectum and colon) as a result of a cow's milk protein allergy. Essentially, her immune system could not recognize the foreign food proteins in my milk as nutrients. Instead, her body rejected them as foreign substances. My daughter's situation seemed out of control and I felt helpless and feared that I would have to give up breastfeeding and feed her a prescribed formula.
Fortunately, my daughter's specialists suggested that I first experiment with my diet so that I could possibly avoid the switch to formula. Through restrictive elimination, which entailed me eating only four foods for several weeks and introducing only one new food to my diet per week, my daughter's symptoms disappeared and I was able to continue breastfeeding for two years.
Thankfully, my daughter has outgrown her allergic proctocolitis, as many children do. I know that her wonderful progress is, in large part, because of the benefits of my milk. I'm grateful that I was able to breastfeed my daughter and foster that meaningful bond between a mother and her nursing child. I thank La Leche League for the incredible support they provide to breastfeeding mothers, regardless of the situations and problems that they may encounter.