Although milk is not technically Paleo, I have been allowing myself to have whole milk lattes (unsweetened) when I’m out walking with Oliver — partly because I need a moderate caffeine injection from time to time, partly because it’s an easy, high-calorie snack, and partly because it’s just relaxing (even indulgent) to sit down in a comfy coffee shop chair and enjoy a warm drink while Oliver sleeps in his stroller. As author Dr. David Kessler points out in his book, The end of overeating (great book, by the way!), it’s like a warm bottle for adults. 🙂
For as long as I can remember, I have always had some difficulty digesting milk, but I find that drinking high quality whole milk doesn’t seem to cause the same problems that I experience with lower fat or lower quality milks. If a coffee shop doesn’t happen to have whole milk — or if they haven’t properly heard my order — I usually suffer for it later, but I haven’t noticed any adverse effects from lattes made from whole milk. It does stand to reason, though, that if I am sensitive to some types of dairy, Oliver might be as well.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been going for hours-long daily walks around the neighbourhood, and have thus been having lattes nearly every day. We have also noticed that Oliver has been increasingly fussy and gassy. I understand that this is correlation, not causation, and that babies go through various fussy stages that last anywhere from days to months (months??!). Regardless, I’ve heard from several moms at my baby groups that their babies have been a lot less fussy when they cut milk (and/or wheat) out of their diets, so I figured I have nothing to lose by experimenting.
Today was day three of being latte-free. I’d be lying if I said we haven’t noticed a difference in Oliver’s disposition over the past couple of days, but then again, there could be many other factors at play here. I will continue to avoid the lattes for at least a couple of weeks, and then maybe have one again just to see what happens. If it turns out that he’s a happier and more comfortable baby for me cutting milk from my diet, then I will make that a permanent change — at least while he’s still breastfeeding.
I do miss my lattes, but in the meantime it sure doesn’t hurt to save $4.50 a day 🙂