Why is it that any time you ever go on a diet, all you can think about is FOOD and the food that you AREN'T "allowed" to eat?!
The Dairy/Soy Free Diet is different from any other diet you'll ever go on... because you're actually putting your BABY on a diet! Even though he just drinks your milk, he's actually eating everything you are! It's incredible how even the smallest amount of dairy or soy can affect a milk/soy protein intolerant baby. That's why it's important to educate yourself on the sources of dairy and soy, both obvious and hidden, and steer clear of them in order to protect your baby and successfully continue nursing.
When you have a hunch or are told that your baby is Milk/Soy Protein Intolerant, if you should choose to continue nursing, (which I make a case for here and here) you're going to have to change what you eat. This can seem like a daunting task if you don't have the right tools to make it happen.
The key, in my opinion, is finding dairy and/or soy free foods that you LIKE to eat and STOCKING your pantry and fridge with them.
It took 18 days of completely cutting out all traces of dairy and soy before we saw a difference in our second baby ! I was really close to giving up, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. Just think if I had quit on day 15! or 16! Or 17! For us, day 18 was the magic number. It's different for every baby- but HANG IN THERE! YOU CAN DO IT!
If you try an elimination diet and it doesn't seem to work right away, don't give up! It takes time! And it's SO worth it in the end.
Some moms start out their elimination diet by cutting out just dairy.
The idea is to get the baby to "ground zero" and introduce things back in one at a time.
At the two week mark, if you're seeing improvement, you can always eat some soy sauce with your sushi or drink a big ole' glass of soy milk in order to give a "challenge" and see if the baby has an adverse reaction to soy. If you don't see any negative changes, then count yourself blessed that all you have to avoid is dairy. At least you can still eat Chinese. :)