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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