Dairy-Free (FML) & Happy Travels

Soooooo, I’ve been ordered to quit dairy altogether if I want to continue giving Bennett breastmilk—our pediatrician suspects lactose intolerance, which is more common in preemies. That BLOWS. Because I definitely want him to get breastmilk as long as possible, but I pretty much eat cereal for every meal. And I live in Wisconsin, so cheese is a given, too. And I’m a fan of butter. Oh boy, this is going to suck BIG TIME. But Bennett is so uncomfortable. Poor ‘lil guy. He’s gassy/cranky, he spits up a LOT every time he burps, and he has mucousy poo. Sorry if that’s TMI, but I feel so bad for my little man. I guess I just have to do what I have to do. And you know what else that means? I have to throw away the 400+ ounces I have in the freezer (I can’t donate it because of health issues, or I totally would!). I guess I’ll be happy to have my freezer back, though! I’ll build up extra again anyway, supply is not an issue. Ah, the things we do for our babies! I guess I’ll just use it as an opportunity to eat better. If anyone has awesome dairy-free recipes, PLEASE send them my way.

Anyhow, he’s up to 9lbs now! We are not having success with breastfeeding yet, so dairy-free pumping it is. I’m also just stubborn, and I really want him to have breastmilk. In no way am I judging formula-feeding mommas out there, I think everyone needs to do what works for them, but I’m not ready to give up on him yet. I might have mentioned it before, but I exclusively pumped with McKenzie for 6-months because of latching issues, and I want him to have at least 6-months too, if not more. That’s my goal anyway. But ultimately, I would like to have him actually nursing.

Skin-to-skin knocks him out!

In super-happy news, I’m visiting Jon this weekend alone with Bennett! He moved from Georgia to Fort Bragg, North Carolina after Bennett was born. We’ll be staying at a 4-star hotel in downtown Charlotte (it was only $88/night on Priceline! Woo!). I’m so happy to have some alone time (more or less) with him, and for Bennett to meet his daddy again. This will be their first time together out of the hospital without all the tubes and what-not. It’s been about 6 weeks since we saw him last. We don’t have any plans set in stone, but I foresee lots of walks and snuggles in our future. Meanwhile, McKenzie will be having ‘special time’ with her Papa & Grandma. Hopefully she’ll get to try out her new rollerblades for the first time! =) I feel bad not bringing her along, but 1) it’s cheaper and 2) I still need to have ‘alone time’ with my hubbster once in awhile—and I honestly just mean talking and enjoying each other’s company without constant interruption, but hey, the other stuff is important too. ;)

I’m a little anxious about flying alone with Baby B though. The first time I flew with McKenzie she was about 7-months old and I had stopped pumping by then so she was getting formula. Exclusively pumping is definitely a labor of love, because it takes SO much longer than formula feeding OR breastfeeding, and you have to haul all the pumping gear around. Not to mention the cleaning/washing. Urgh. I imagine it will be a very different travel experience than it was with McKenzie at 7-months. 7-weeks is going to be either a challenge, or amazing.

And I finally caved-in and bought a Clic It to go with our Safety 1st On Board 35 Air car seat because I dreaded the thought of the airport without a stroller. I didn’t have a stroller to fit the car seat, and I literally have bruises on my forearms and thighs from lugging it around the past several weeks. I have a feeling I’m going to love this purchase. Plus, I dreaded going through the airport wearing him in a Moby. Although I do love my Moby (and I’ll probably still bring it), it’s a wee-bit cumbersome to use in public. It’s just a LOT of fabric. I like to wear it around the house and do skin-to-skin, or pre-wrap myself before going to the grocery store. Does anyone else have carriers they swear by?

BUT yeah, that’s my most recent news. Can’t wait for Friday!

Angie @ Pint of Goals - September 25, 2013 - 7:47 am

You are one determined woman! I think it’s awesome how hard you’re working to keep Bennett on breastmilk :)
Have lots of fun this weekend with Jon, and best of luck traveling!

Lindsey - September 26, 2013 - 2:12 pm

My son has the dairy/soy protein intolerance and was actually having bloody stools because of my diet. I immediately cut both out because both proteins are very similar and overnight he was a completely different baby! I really hope you only have to give up dairy, because soy is seriously in everything! He is now 5 months old and seriously the happiest, easiest baby boy!! Check out mspi mama, she has a lot of great recipes!