Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, can impact breastfeeding in various ways, both positively and negatively. Here are some considerations regarding the impact of dairy on breastfeeding:
- Some infants may be sensitive or allergic to proteins found in cow's milk that can lead to digestive issues, skin rashes, colic or other symptoms
- For mother, dairy products can sometimes cause GI issues such as gas, bloating or diarrhea
- Colic or fussiness may occur after dairy is consumed due to the high levels in the mother's diet that baby is then consuming
The most important thing is to monitor baby and yourself after dairy is consumed. Pay attention to your baby's behavior, feeding patterns, and any unusual symptoms (like spitting up more than usual or excessively). If you suspect an issue related to dairy, consult with a healthcare provider or a lactation consultant for guidance.
There are plenty of dairy free alternatives on the market, but be mindful of some of the additives present in certain brands. Options like almond milk, coconut milk and other plant choices can be great options. I actually make my own coconut milk using shredded coconut (this helps keep the additives out and only takes about 15 minutes). Here's the link if you'd like to check it out!