When you are pregnant you are told two things, one that you are breastfeeding and two you can use formula if you want, but what never comes up is what if your baby has a dairy allergy..
Back when my son was born, it wasn’t even talked about, it took me 6 months to finally get a diagnoses and a prescription of lactose free formula from the doctor… and all it took was for me to be given a tub from a friend who’s son also suffered with dairy allergies.
My poorly little boy was sick, crying and not very happy for the first six months of his life, we all didn’t know what to do, had many talks with doctors and they all kept telling me it was a reflux, but what a surprise, none of the reflux medicine worked! he was sick all the time after a bottle, often bringing up half of what he took in, but he was gaining weight so they didn’t worry… but once I got some lactose free formula into him, he stopped throwing up, he stopped crying all the time and he started being a happy baby for a change..
When we had A, we knew that there was a possibility that she would have the same issues, but we didn’t expect that she would not only be able to have lactose, but dairy itself, and when she was around 12 weeks old, after being sick all the time while using regular formula and lactose free, my health visitor recommended I switch to soya.. and she stopped being sick, she was pretty much dairy free up until she started primary school and we decided to try her on regular milk and she thankfully had grown out of it!
R was a completely different story, expecting that again we would deal with another child with a similar problem, but she didn’t, besides being a tiny baby, she had nothing wrong with her.. and I was so glad to be able to deal with a normal baby for a change..
What I think surprised me more is how many others dealt with the same issues as what we had.. here are a few below..
My son was diagnosed with milk and egg allergies at 5m, following a massive vomiting episode after having eaten a spoonful of plain yogurt as part of the weaning process. He’d always had a bit of a rash, even when I was exclusively BF, but we didn’t think anything of it as neither of our families have a history of allergies. The dietician first put him on one hydrolysed formula, which smelled and tasted awful, then on another, to which he took really well. I still BF until he was 8m old (and still ate dairy and eggs), but since I have stopped, he has slept through and his skin is miles better. We cope really well with it; he basically eats everything we do (I cook everything from scratch at home anyway), but if I include milk or eggs in our foods I substitute with formula and starch in his. When I bake cakes for him I use vegan recipes, which taste okay. The only pain is going out for food, where I tend to err on the side of caution and either go for a buffet, where I can assemble non-dairy foods or resort to an emergency jar – How to rock at parenting
My two boys (3 years and ten weeks) both have milk allergy. The eldest was diagnosed when he was almost two and my youngest when he was 2 weeks. It’s almost been harder second time round as even though I know what to expect I had such a fight for him to be diagnosed and get the right formula (very hit and miss trying different ones including thickeners) where as we are in a routine with Freddie and he loves his oat milk of a morning – Ready, Freddie, Go!
Mummy and Liss share their experiences with CMPA and how difficult it can be.
I really wish doctors would listen to mothers when it comes to their children, parents are often the ones who spot things and knows their children, and I had a few people tell me ‘are you sure’ when it came to A and her allergy, I know my child, I know she had a problem.
Please share your struggles with getting a diagnoses, or if you have been diagnosed, share some wonderful recpies for some dairy free food!
Until next time
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