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Hi everyone... I'm new to this forum but not JM... I'm cohost of the Plus Sized Mommy's boards and have been a memeber of JM for almost a year now. I have a 4 week old baby girl who I've been exclusively breastfeeding with the exception of a couple of bottles of pumped milk the past couple of days. We have recently realized that she is probably allergic to dairy and I'm trying to cut it out of my diet, but I LOVE everything dairy - milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, pudding, cottage cheese... I have been having soy milk and yogurt and have eliminated all other dairy and she is doing much better. I really don't know how long I can go without my dairy stuff, though. When did you introduce formula to your LO? I really wanted to BF until at least 6 months, but I'm thinking I may need to switch to formula before then. Is anyone else dealing with LO having an allergy to dairy? Also, if that's the case, do you think it better to go with a soy formula or one for lactose sensitivity? Thanks ladies!
Hello and welcome to the board! I'm Keri, host, and am so glad you came here for your questions!
My LO does not have a dairy allergy but we had to switch to formula due to his weight (he was less then 5% in weight). We started out giving him formula once a day, then twice a day then three times and so on. We did it slowly so that his tummy would get used to it. We have never had problems and he is now gaining weight steadily. He is now formula fed entirely. I knew eventually I'd stop breast feeding (was also hoping to get to 6 months) but my milk just wasn't 'good' for him so it happened sooner then later.
Good luck and I hope someone else can help you about which formula to use for your LOs dairy allergies.
knox actually got a bit of formula a few days after being born (he was severely jaundice & my milk wasn't in yet). so we did that by syringe for like a day or two, while i pumped. then when he was about a month old he started getting a little pretty much because i am uncomfortable NIP. he has been getting more lately (maybe 1 feeding every other day) because he is more hungry than i can keep up with!!
all 3 of my kids have had issues w/ milk & regular formula (as did i, my sister, her kids, etc...). the twins were on soy formula - prosobee. but knox seems to have issues with that too, and a lot of kids with milk allergies also have soy allergy as well. anyway, he is on nutramigen. i have had to cut out all dairy from my diet and have been doing it for 5 months now. i usually have almond milk on my cereal, but don't eat the yogurt or ice cream because it is hard to find in my area & really expensive. you would think the last of ice cream would help me lose this darn baby weight!!!!
i also hope to go 6 months (pumped for almost 4 for the twins), but i try to take it a day at a time. somedays i'm ready to give it all up and have a big piece of pizza and some ice cream or yogurt or something. but other days i'm not sure i ever want to stop (ok that's totally a lie! i don't see myself going over a year at all). any time you can give your baby BM is bonus!! BM is definately best, but formula isn't poison like some people make it seem.