Two years ago, we discovered my son Sam was allergic to milk. I wanted to keep nursing Sam, who was only three-months old, so I began to eliminate dairy from my diet. Unfortunately, I had no clue what to eat, and I was starving, cranky, and discouraged. After about four days, I gave up.
These days there are many stories like mine, and many mothers like me – moms of fussy babies with known (or unknown) allergies, who want to keep nursing but have no clue what to eat. Luckily, not all of these stories end up like mine and Sam’s. I am fortunate to know many determined mommies who have eliminated allergen after allergen in their fight to have a healthy, happy, breastfed baby. Taking tips from these moms, in my second go-round I was able to eliminate milk, egg, and peanut while breastfeeding my second son for four months (with only a minimal amount of hunger and crankiness:) .
The recipes on this blog are ones my friends have invented, adapted, or found, and this site is for my friends – and for all those other mommies out there who begin realize their breastfed baby is allergic to something, and wonder, what the heck am I going to eat? For some families, restricted eating is a stage. For others, like our families, it becomes a lifestyle.
At one point, there were so many of us doing select allergy diets that my friend Reagan suggested: Why not try to put together all of our allergy-friendly recipes to share? So here we are! The goal is to provide a place to go for find yummy, filling, allergy-free REAL recipes for families. My hope is that if you’re reading this and you don’t have allergies, and your kid doesn’t have allergies, and you don’t really care about allergies, that this would be another place you would come when you don’t know what to make for dinner, because these recipes we’ve made or found or perfected are really, really good.
Guide to what you’ll find on The Allergy-Free Kitchen Blog:
- Dairy-Free Resources. . . . Product substitutes, recipes, and two week plan of exactly what you could eat dairy free. This is geared towards nursing moms who need to eliminate just dairy, or kids with only dairy allergies.
- Toddler and Babyfood Recipes . . . Allergy-sensitive babyfood and finger food recipes for kids.
- The Two-Week Allergy-Free Meal Plan (coming soon) – a jam-packed list of what to eat for two weeks allergy-free: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks all free of the eight major allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, wheat, and soy). Our idea is that this might help a nursing mom who needs to eliminate potential allergens for a time.
- Finally, Allergy-Free Recipes!! . . . Our database of delicious, real-food recipes that are dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, fish-free, AND wheat-free. If you have a good recipe or tip, pass it on! You can comment on any post or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*disclaimer: I’m not a pediatrician, a nutritionist, or a chef. I’m just a mom with good friends and good recipes and good advice on what worked for us! Consult your doctor or lactation consultant before making serious changes to your or your child’s diet. 🙂