Is It Really Just Colic? The Sneaky Ingredient We Call Dairy

Ya’ll, WHY don’t we tell new mothers about this BEFORE the baby comes?

Sometimes, that “colic” isn’t actually colic. And, as a new mom there are definitely things you can try if your baby doesn’t stop screaming. I found that there was a reason my baby screamed for hours despite being held, changed, fed and loved and it had to do with dairy.

My daughters were both dairy intolerant as children. Lactose intolerant, you mean? NO. Dairy intolerant–as in the proteins. Did I get them allergy tested? Nope. Then how do I know? Well, when my first was born she just screamed and screamed and screamed. I HAD NO IDEA what to do. I felt helpless. I was told by many older well-intention adults (including a pediatrician) that it was what is referred to as colic, and she would eventually grow out of it. “But wait, she vomits too, and that is clearly not normal.” Here, have some medicine for that.

Alas, without a firm direction, I started researching it myself and concluded that I needed to cut dairy out of my diet. It takes a few weeks to get it fully out of your system, but you know what? IT WORKED! Taking out dairy saved my daughters from “colic.” My first born couldn’t handle any forms of dairy until she was 13 months old (and for a while soy too b/c soy protein mimics dairy…l hate you vegetable oil). I ended up putting her on Nutramegan at about 6 months because I started losing too much weight, and it was getting unhealthy for me to continue. My second baby is currently dairy intolerant, but we thought this might happen. During this pregnancy, I prepared myself (see below) and we are still going strong at 5 months.

Want to know the crazy part?

As I decided to write about this, I mentioned it to a few of the other mommy bloggers. And you know what? At least a 1/4 of them HAD THE SAME ISSUE. A FOURTH! (that’s statistically significant, right?!) And then, the day I was writing this, I had a family friend post that their daughter HAD THE SAME SYMPTOMS. And you know what? There were multiple moms that gave her the SAME ADVICE—try cutting dairy. So my questions is, WHY isn’t this  “colic” issue talked about to new moms BEFORE it happens if it is so prevalent?! Let’s work on changing that and getting the word out—it may just save another kid from mysterious “colic”!

Annoyed Colic Baby that doesn't like dairy

Do you think that your baby’s colic may be due to dairy ? Here are some resources to help you get started*:

Foods That Saved Me*

  • JUST Ranch  Ranch alternative that is pretty legit
  • Oreos – unless you have to go soy free too, these suckas are DAIRY FREE ya’ll!
  • Larabars – I really like the PB Chocolate ones and the Chocolate Chip ones. I pretty much live on these while breastfeeding.
  • Avocados – add some garlic salt and bam, some heatlhy fats
  • Lactation Bites – I didn’t have the energy to make the cookies, so I made no bake bites instead. Oatmeal, flaxseed, brewers yeast, Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, honey and peanut butter. Mix it together and Voila! Instant energy and they may help your supply too!
  • Pillsbury Crescent Rolls – not soy free, but dairy free!
  • Coconut Aminos – like soy sauce minus the soy. And no, it doesn’t taste coconuty at all (I actually hate coconut flavored things)
  • Enjoy Life – the chocolate, the cookies, EVERYTHING this brand makes is TOP EIGHT allergen free!

Dairy Free Facebook groups

  • You can find ones that are just for moms breastfeed or you can find ones that are for dairy and soy free or you can find groups of all different types. These people are AMAZING. I learned different recipes, what restaurants were “safe”, and what all the “hidden ingredients” were. Run and find one of these groups ASAP (I love this one: dairy free diet – breastfeeding)

Hidden Dairy ingredient list – dairy can be SNEAKY (I’m talking to you, Whey and Casein)

Encouragement – You can do it mama! You obviously love your baby mucho if you are going to try going dairy free. And if you can’t…there are always other alternatives like Nutramagen. YOU are doing great! And if you need someone to talk to about going dairy free—feel free to send me a message on Instagram @lizziefern87!


Good luck in this adventure we call motherhood, mama! You are doing great!!

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*Note/Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, allergist nor licensed nutritionist; this is just what worked for me. I make no claims that this will work for you or be what is best for you and your baby. Also, ingredients to products change frequently, so please make sure to check ingredients yourself.

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4 Responses to Is It Really Just Colic? The Sneaky Ingredient We Call Dairy

  1. Sarah May 10, 2018 at 7:13 am #

    All four of my boys had this issue. I breastfed them all 12 months+. My pediatrician alerted me to the dairy issue when my first was a baby (7 yrs ago). By the second child, I did alot more research and found those hidden ingredients. There’s a website Go Dairy Free. It has a list of good, bad and maybe dairy ingredients. Its not easy but it can be done! Goodluck!

    • Liz May 23, 2018 at 9:09 am #

      Yes, love the go dairy free website. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kate May 10, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    Add Simple Mills to your go to brands! They are amazing! Pancake, muffin, cake mixes and ready to eat crackers and cookies. So yummy! I had to cut dairy as well! Still dairy free with my almost 2 year old!

    • Liz May 23, 2018 at 9:10 am #

      I will have to check it out. Where do you buy it from?! Pancakes, muffins, cookies and cake sound right up my alley! 🙂

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