Hello mama friend, I’m so glad you stopped in today.
If you’re looking for some encouragement on your food allergy adventure,
you are in the right place.
At Milk Allergy Mom, we are happy to help!
I’ve been a food allergy mom for over 14 years.
Still, some days are harder than others, but one thing is true.
It gets easier with time and experience.
And when you’ve got a supportive community behind you, it’s even easier!
Here, we’ve been building the positive, encouraging community I wish I had over a decade ago.
And we would love for you to be part of it.
The first thing to know, friend, is you are not alone.
I get messages from stressed new allergy moms all the time, like these.
“I found your blog through Google and noticed you had a Facebook page as well. I’m a tad overwhelmed at the moment and I’m so thankful I found you. My one year old son was just diagnosed yesterday with a dairy/milk allergy. I don’t even know where to begin. Is there anyway you can help me? It’s all new to me. I would appreciate it so much.”
Or this one…
“I came across your site when I was doing more research on allergies. My daughter was diagnosed 2 months ago with very severe cases of milk, egg, and dust mite allergies. I have no one to really talk to who knows what I’m going through or the anxiety I feel…I need advice. How do you cope? Milk is in everything!”
See, my friend, the stress is completely normal.
Sadness and grief.
Overwhelm about how to feed your child.
Confusion over how to change your lifestyle.
These feelings are all normal for new food allergy mamas,
but hear this…
it does get better.
So let me encourage you today.
I’m Jamie, a 14-year food allergy mom myself.
I acquired this title when people didn’t know what food allergies were,
when labeling laws were just emerging,
before vegan was popular,
and when the statistic was that most kids would outgrow milk allergies by age 2.
It was a rough start for this new mom, no doubt about it.
But online blogging was just becoming a thing,
and I quickly realized I needed an online community for support.
Hence, this blog called Milk Allergy Mom was born in 2008.
It’s always been my goal to provide exactly what I wished my family had right after our diagnosis,
online help that makes allergy life less stressful and a whole lot better.
And one of the first things I needed, was a quick list of advice to propel me forward.
Here’s what I wish someone had told me all those years ago to set me up for success early.
3 ENCOURAGING TIPS FOR FOOD ALLERGY FAMILIES
Feelings of fear and anxiety are normal.
The anxiety gets better as you learn, practice, and fall into a new life routine.
It helps to balance fear with looking on the bright side.
Limit your time online to people and organizations that best help you.
Don’t hesitate to seek professional therapy if the overwhelm does not get better.
Start with real foods.
Then look into safe, mainstream processed foods.
Next, decide what specialty foods you will spend money on.
Decide if your whole family will change their diet.
Then learn how to cook allergy-free.
Eventually narrow down your shopping systems and your budget.
EVERYDAY LIFE TIPS
Stay inspired and keep learning from legitimate allergy sources.
Find a true support system locally and/or online.
Keep fine-tuning and adapting your food allergy lifestyle.
Find an allergist who will help you meet your life goals safely.
Be encouraged that this may just be a season.
And know that no matter what, this is do-able.
KNOW YOU HAVE SUPPORT HERE
There are many ways to get plugged in at Milk Allergy Mom.
We can’t wait to join you on your adventure!
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