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food-sensitive babies second edition
dietary investigation for breastfed babies

280 pages with full reference list

Joy Anderson  AM, B.Sc.(Nutrition), Postgrad.Dip.Diet
IBCLC (Retired)

Joy is a retired dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Joy has over 35 years of experience helping mothers and babies. 
She previously conducted consultations focusing on food sensitivity in babies, in particular those who are breastfed.

Joy has been recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours 
Joy was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2013 for significant service to community health and education, particularly through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Note: As Joy has now retired, she is not taking any new clients. However, you can still buy her book

About the book

Food-Sensitive Babies   second edition
dietary investigation for breastfed babies

Joy Anderson AM

How can I help my baby?
How do I conduct dietary investigations?
Why/how does the food I eat affect my breastfed baby?
My baby has colic, reflux, poor sleep & difficulty settling.
My baby has rashes/eczema; green mucousy stools; or constipation.
What can I do about it?

This book is designed for parents and also health professionals unfamiliar with dealing with these issues. Joy uniquely blends her expertise as a dietitian with a special interest in food sensitivity and her experience as a lactation consultant. She covers all aspects of dietary investigation for breastfed babies, including ruling out possible causes of symptoms other than food, and includes coverage of the medical and scientific research relevant to this investigation.

An excellent resource for parents of food-sensitive breastfed babies and dietitians. Few dietitians have the breadth of personal and professional experience that has been the hallmark of Joy Anderson’s practice after decades of voluntary work as a breastfeeding counsellor and professional work as a lactation consultant. I am delighted to see this book in print at last, and will be promoting it.’

Maureen Minchin, Author of  Milk Matters: Infant Feeding & Immune Disorder.

280 pages with full reference list




PART 1: Background information on food sensitivity in babies

Chapter 1: Main causes of unsettled babies
A. Normal baby?
B. Low milk supply
C. Oversupply and lactose overload
D. Medical problem
E. Tongue-tie and upper-lip-tie
F. Food sensitivity via breastmilk

Chapter 2: Lactose intolerance 
A. Lactose and its digestion
B. Lactose intolerance in babies
C. Lactose intolerance in older children and adults

Chapter 3: Allergies
A. Types of allergy
B. Allergy in babies
C. Allergy tests
D. Management
E. Hypoallergenic formulas
G. If you have an allergic child, can allergies be prevented in
     subsequent children?
H. Allergens during pregnancy and breastfeeding
I. Probiotics and allergy

Chapter 4: Food-chemical intolerance
A. The development of food-chemical-intolerance dietary investigation
B. Essential resources
C. What happens in food-chemical intolerance
D. Additives
E. Natural food chemicals
F. Some whole foods – dairy, soy and wheat/gluten foods
G. Thresholds
H. Concept of ‘total body load’

Chapter 5: Common symptoms in babies
A. Gastro-oesophageal reflux
B. Colitis (blood in the bowel motions)
C. Constipation
D. Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis)

Chapter 6: FODMAPs and ‘windy’ foods
A. FODMAP malabsorption
B. ‘Windy’ foods and FODMAPs

PART 2: Investigating diet for a symptomatic baby

Chapter 7:  History-taking for the healthcare provider
A. The breastfed baby’s story
B. Family sensitivity history
C. Pregnancy, birth and mother’s history
D. Diet history
E. An aside about probiotics
F. The non-breastfed baby/child

Chapter 8:  Dietary investigation process phase 1
– The elimination diet
A. Initial considerations
B. Individual foods of concern
C. Deciding on the scope of the elimination diet
D. Other considerations
E. Carrying out the elimination diet

Chapter 9:  Dietary investigation process phase 2
– Challenges
A. Types of challenges
B. Challenges for allergens and whole foods
C. Challenges for food chemicals
D. Carrying out the food challenges for intolerance

Chapter 10: Dietary investigation process phase 3
– Liberalising of the diet
A. Food allergy
B. Food-chemical intolerance

PART 3: Further considerations

Chapter 11: Other diets and tests
A. Other diets
B. Leaky gut
C. Inappropriate tests for food intolerance

Chapter 12: Introducing solids
A. When to begin
B. Considerations with respect to allergy and coeliac disease
C. Baby-led vs purees
D. Fussy eaters
E. How to begin

Chapter 13: Nutritional considerations
A. Safety of elimination diets
B. Mineral supplements
C. Dietary Guidelines  
D. Dairy-free diet
E. Vegetarian mothers
F. Toddler nutrition

Case studies
Appendix A. Family Sensitivity History
Appendix B. Food-symptom diary
Appendix C. Minimising amines handout
Appendix D. Food challenges
Appendix E. 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines 
                     – adults and children
Appendix F. Dairy-free handout
Appendix G. Protein supplement products

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About Joy Anderson AM

Joy is a mother of two breastfed children and qualified as a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (formerly Nursing Mothers’ Association of Australia) in early 1987. She has undertaken many roles in the Association at local, state and national level and is still an active volunteer.
From 1991 to 2021, Joy has been accredited as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and ran a small, part-time private practice as a lactation consultant from 1992 until the end of 2004.
Over the many years of helping breastfeeding mothers and babies, Joy developed a special interest in lactose intolerance and food intolerance, particularly in breastfed babies. Click here  to view an article written by Joy on lactose intolerance. Lactose overload is often mistaken for lactose intolerance. Click here  for Joy’s article on this subject.
This interest expanded to food intolerance in people of all ages. Joy completed a Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) and Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at Curtin University of Technology. This qualified Joy as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) as recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Joy ran a practice as a dietitian and lactation consultant from 2009 to 2016.

Food intolerance

Food intolerance can significantly affect quality of life, yet many people don’t connect their symptoms to the food they eat.
Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, sleep problems, rashes, stomach aches, diarrhoea, constipation, mouth ulcers and hyperactive behaviour in children are related to diet in many people.
Symptoms in babies can include colic, gastro-oesophageal reflux and rashes. Some sensitive babies who are breastfed can have problems as a result of what their mothers are eating. Click here to view Joy’s article published in Child magazines throughout Australia in June 2010. Another of Joy’s articles on this subject can be seen here. Some babies seem to react to some foods in mothers’ diets, such as ‘windy’ foods (legumes, cabbage family vegetables, onions, etc). Not all babies will have a problem with these. Similarly, some babies become unsettled if the mother eats spicy food; however, if that is part of your normal diet and you ate these foods during pregnancy, your baby may not necessarily have a problem with them through your milk.
Each mother/baby pair with food-related symptoms is different, so special diets excluding large numbers of foods are not the best that you can do for yourself and your baby. The aim is to find the least restricted diet. This way you can enjoy lots of normal foods and avoid only those that cause problems.
Mothers’ nutrition is also important. Click here to see an article written by Joy on diet and weight loss while breastfeeding.

Much more information is available in Joy’s book.


Joy Anderson