I was a little nervous. Or maybe anxious is the word. I was prepared for some middle-aged man in a white lab coat to come in, order blood work and invasive procedures and suggest I give Ada an elemental formula rather than breastfeed. I knew it might not be that bad, but I wanted to prepare myself to be able to voice my opinion and knowledge as Ada’s mother.
A young woman doctor walked in, who’d I guess was late twenties or early thirties, depending on how well she aged.
She listened to our story, looked at Ada.
She confirmed so many things that mothers of kids with food allergies already know. Things that often friends and family seem to think aren’t true and want to dispense advice about.
She encouraged and never undermined breastfeeding and its value to a baby, much less one with food allergies.
She went over different types of allergy and celiac testing and confirmed that testing was of little use because of so many false positives, false negatives and innaccuracies. She agreed that the gold standard of food intolerances and allergies in elimination and challenge, what we have been doing. Eliminating the suspect food and adding it back in after a few weeks.
She agreed that it was best to keep Ada and me off of foods that bother her until we are comfortable testing them in after 2 years or so, give or take.
She confirmed everything that people always seem to think I should change. She herself gave up dairy for a year because she was nursing her baby who had a dairy protein allergy. How cool is that.