Q: My baby has had many issues such as rashes and gas, bad gas. We figured out the rashes were a gluten sensitivity in my breast milk since I gave up gluten and the rashes went away.
I am currently doing no dairy to see if that solves the gas problem (which the gas has gotten better after a week of no dairy). I consume both raw milk and raw cheese, but I also eat pasteurized yogurt and cheese as well.
My question is this – Is it really possible for a newborn to be allergic to raw milk products through breast milk? My midwife is saying yes due to the lactose which is present in all dairy.
A: Yes for sure, removing dairy (and gluten) is key in helping prevent your baby’s gas and skin rashes. I recommend you continue to remove it from your diet for at least 2-6 weeks and confirm it’s helping her gas. But there IS hope for consuming dairy again… read below.
I had the same issues as you with my baby! The dairy in my diet passed through my breastmilk and was causing Kira terrible gas and skin rashes. After suffering through a couple months without dairy, I discovered that goat cheese and goat milk were just fine and caused her to have no negative reaction after drinking my milk. I was thrilled!
Is it the Lactose in cow dairy causing the allergy?
No, it’s NOT the lactose in the milk causing the issue. Most people believe any problems with dairy are due to lactose, when in reality, it’s the A1 beta casein and your inability to digest it properly (its hard to digest!) and results in skin rashes and gas, among other symptoms.
Why are there so many dairy allergies these days?
Over the last 100 years, our breed of cows in the US have slowly changed from A2 to an inferior A1 breed which produces dairy which is much more difficult to digest. 90% of the cows in the US are this inferior genetic breed called A1 – and they contain A1 Beta Casein in the protein. In addition, these A1 cows are fed grains (often Genetically Modified grains- GMO), causing additional intestinal problems.
In Europe, most the cows are Heirloom cows – A2 breed – which have A2 Beta Casein in the protein – much easier to digest, and they have much fewer issues with dairy over there. Goat dairy contains primarily A2 beta casein – so that’s why it’s easier to digest.
Where can you get dairy from grassfed A2 cows?
The ONLY source I have found is from Jordan Rubin’s farm – Beyond Organic. The dairy is amazing. They ship it to your door in a cooler. It keeps for 2-3 months since it keeps “culturing” with probiotics as it ages. All his dairy is from 100% grassfed A2 cows on pasture.
Amasai – Cultured Yogurt by Beyond Organic
Has 30 types of probiotics and over 100 billion strains. It’s a liquid drinkable yogurt and it comes in 3 flavors. It tastes fantastic! And I’ve tested it on lactose intolerant individuals who can drink it just fine!
Raw Cheese from Beyond Organic – Harvarti and cheddar – never heated past cow’s body temp, so all the enzymes and probiotics are there to aid in digestion and assimilation of vitamins. This is the healthiest cheese in the word. High in Omega 3s and CLA. (Comes from 100% Greenfed organic cows (A2 breed)).
Aside from the Beyond Organic dairy products, you could also try RAW cultured dairy. Examples of cultured dairy include: homemade yogurt or kefir. I buy mine from an Amish farm or make it myself. But, do NOT buy pasteurized kefir or yogurt from the store. It’s NOT the same and it’s very hard to digest, so your baby will most likely react to your breastmilk.
If you choose to make your own yogurt or kefir, the milk you use to make it should ideally be RAW and from grassfed cows, or it will not have any of its enzymes and beneficial bacteria, thus much harder to digest, and more likely to cause your baby gas.