Monday, February 23, 2009
The Evil Tomato
It's been a little over a week since I started the Elimination diet. It looks like we have found the main culprit for Abby's extremely horrible reflux flareups- it's the tomato. Apparently, any dish where tomato is a significant ingredient is a BIG no-no for me right now. I have to admit that many foods I enjoy do include tomatoes- spaghetti, lasagna, chicken parmigiana, vegetable beef soup, shrimp etoufee, pizza, and the list goes on. I will be eliminating them until I stop breastfeeding her or until she outgrows her reflux enough for me to eat more normally again.
How did we finally narrow it down you might ask? Well, we were already suspicious that tomatoes were a problem in my diet. It seems to take about a week for all traces of a problem food to completely leave my breastmilk supply. Yesterday had been a little over a week since I had eaten any "suspicious" food, and we had an AMAZING day. Abby woke up happier than she has been since we brought her home from the hospital. She had a little bit of reflux but none of the painful, crying episodes we are so used to all day long. She was just a happy, playful cutie- it was incredible! The difference was remarkable.
We were invited over to eat lunch with a church member, and we had vegetable beef soup. A few hours later when Abby nursed again, her tummy started to flare up slowly. By night time, we were having the full out flareups again Suspecting that my breastmilk was the problem, we tried her on a previously pumped bottle of milk from the day before. Abby drank it down without any difficulty and finally fell asleep content around 12:30 a.m. (which is a huge difference from the 10:30 p.m. nights we were getting used to).
So, there you have it... no more tomatoes.