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Two week old DD in hospital

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steben Wed 07-Nov-12 11:06:08

Hope this makes sense am in a bit of a state. DD has been admitted to hospital after we began noticing blood in her stools - apart from this she has been completely fine. Very placid and happy baby, wakes like clockwork every three hours for a feed and feeds well - has gained 8oz since birth. Hospital admitted her and were very concerned and ran lots of tests all which came back clear - they then decided that she had an allergy to cows milk protein and has been giving nutragigem (sp?)
The stuff smells awful and she is not taking to it well - I am expressing breast milk but only managing to get about 8oz a day which I am mixing in with it to make it more palatable. I know it would be a lot worse for her but I am really upset that the docs have just decided that this is what is wrong with her - no tests etc I am also very upset that I having to give her vile smelling and tasting formula and feel very guilty that I can't give her more breast milk and that I have no choices over what to feed her. I suppose I would like to hear from people who have been in this position and also is it possible to request a different formula - having done some research Aptamil peptil seems like it could be an option - anyone successfully requested to try a different formula? I just feel really emotional that I went into hospital with a happy settled baby and am being discharged with a hungry unhappy one TIA

MegMogAndOwl Wed 07-Nov-12 11:22:58

I'm not an expert, my dd wasn't diagnosed with cow milk protein allergy until much later at 6 months.

Do you want to carry on breastfeeding? There's no reason for you to stop although you'll probably need to avoid dairy in your own diet.

Have they given any indication how long she's likely to be in hospital for?

Sorry I've mostly asked questions instead of giving answers. Hopefully someone will come along soon with more advice.

steben Wed 07-Nov-12 11:45:47

Thanks for the reply - we have just been discharged. I am expressing breast milk - have tried and failed at breast feeding thanks to latch issues I have been unable to resolve.

OHforDUCKScake Wed 07-Nov-12 14:15:04

Hi OP have you tried nipple sheilds? Its like putting a bottle teat over your nipple it helps the baby latch if they have nipple confusion.

I guess if the blood stops, they are right. And if not....

You'll know pretty soon.

Theres the option of Wysoy which is nicer but often those allergic to CMP are also allergic to soya.

It is possible to be allergic and/or intolerant and both affect the gut. Although its often with pain, gas, unsettled baby.

freefrommum Wed 07-Nov-12 14:19:29

You could ask for an alternative formula but to be honest it is not going to be easy to get your baby to accept any formula as they all taste very different to breastmilk. Yes to us Nutramigen smells and tastes awful but the younger the baby, the easier it is to get them used to it. One of the best ways is to start mixing very small amounts with baby's usual milk (in your case, expressed breastmilk) and gradually increasing the quantity of formula until they are used to the taste. It will take time and you will need to be strong and patient but it is possible (I had to got through this process at least 4 times with my DS when the medical professionals kept changing their minds about which formula to give him). However, as Meg says, you should be able to continue to feed your baby expressed formula as long as you remove all dairy from your diet as the tiny amounts of protein that pass through into breastmilk can cause problems for some babies with CMP allergy (but not all). The exception to this is the very rare cases of babies who have a potentially life-threatening intolerance to lactose and can therefore not even tolerate breastmilk but I'm sure the hospital will have already ruled this out if they are saying that they think it's CMP allergy.

MrsSpencerReid Wed 07-Nov-12 14:20:57

I dot think soya formula is recommended in under 1y but I could be wrong, my DS is on aptimil pepti and it still has a strange taste but isn't that bad, I'd drink it!!! It wouldn't hurt to ask to swap I guess, I have also seen others on here suggest a tongue tie can cause probs with latch/intollerance, hope you get it sorted soon smile

MrsSpencerReid Wed 07-Nov-12 14:24:43

Also, my DS swapped quite happily from expressed milk to formula and back when I wasn't expressing enough for all feeds, so its isn't always so hard to swap, but I am beginning to think I was lucky there!

freefrommum Wed 07-Nov-12 14:30:57

Mrs is right, soya formula is not recommended in the UK for babies under 6 months (according to British Dietetics Association) and in fact others suggest not until 12 months due to the levels of phyto-oestrogens and the fact that many allergic to CMP are also allergic to soya. Much better to stick to a hypoallergenic formula like Nutramigen.

Pancakeflipper Wed 07-Nov-12 14:31:48

Neocate is another formula used for allergies. It's not nice stuff - we used the toddler sachet version but my son was nearly 2 when we realised he had a dairy intolerance.

There's 2 things in dairy we can be allergic or intolerant to - milk proteins or lactose. Or both ( like my son is).

And it's really horrible getting a diagnosis. And when you feel like you are not providing the best for your child its frustrating and sad . But if it is an allergy the best thing for them is to have what makes them feel well and helps them to thrive.
Is your baby more settled now or have things not improved? Has the Dr gone through the options with you? For future reference you can see a dietician as well which might be handy.
There's a lot of trial and errors with allergies/intolerances which is upsetting to go through. But it gets easier.

Iggly Wed 07-Nov-12 14:32:43

If your baby is allergic to cows milk then you need to stop eating it. Then no need forformula.

Also have you seen a BF counsellor? Any evidene of tongue tie? It's not too late to reestablish BF.

AlphaBeta82 Wed 07-Nov-12 14:33:33

Hi Steben
I struggled with feeding and gained a lot of support from a facebook page called analytical armadillo. they are also wonderful support for diet/ allergy advice etc.
So sorry you are going through this especially in what should be such a magical time for you. xx

Iggly Wed 07-Nov-12 14:38:54

I will add, BM is the best thing for a baby with allergies. It's incredibly incredibly rare for a baby to react to BM itself - it'll e proteins passing from mother to baby (such as cows milk) which will do that.

steben Wed 07-Nov-12 15:13:32

Thanks for replies everyone - from birth she was on aptamil 1 and expressed breast milk - no joy with latch despite getting help although not tried nipple shields. I will maybe give those a try - no evidence of tongue tie although this no been mentioned but have been told I have very flat nipples which could be part of the problem. We have an appt to see dietician at end of month and consultant next week. I might see if I can try her on a different prescription formula in the meantime - am currently making it up with expressed breast milk in it as well and she seems to be taking it better now we are home. This is part if what I don't I understand about her diagnosis - she has no other symptoms - had been perfectly settled no extended screaming/rashes etc... Things that I have read are common in babies with CMP intolerance.

steben Wed 07-Nov-12 15:32:40

Just to add as well no one has properly gone through anything with us and it is only now I am home and reading about the symptoms and alternative formulas etc that I am starting to understand. It is upsetting as have no exp or history of allergies in family and DD1 had no issues.

OHforDUCKScake Wed 07-Nov-12 16:11:46

Flat nipples, definitely try nipple sheilds.

Please stick with bf, it really is the best thing you can do for your baby especially if she has problems with her gut/allergies.

steben Wed 07-Nov-12 16:48:46

I am doing what I can with breast feeding but from exp with DD1 I think it will still be combination so would appreciate hearing people's experiences with the formula. She has bought up most if what I have managed to give her today including breast milk sad

Iggly Wed 07-Nov-12 17:14:51

It sounds like it could be a mild intolerance. An allergy would result in anaphylactic shock or hives etc etc. many of us have mild dairy intolerance without many symptoms beyond wind/bloating/dry skin.

Iggly Wed 07-Nov-12 17:15:54

What sort of volumes are you giving? It could be that she's having too much or is windy or the formula is making her sick.

DS went from Nutramigen to Neocate when he was an inpatient. They don't like prescribing it, but will if needed.

Pancakeflipper Wed 07-Nov-12 17:29:51

I think it's cos' Neocate costs a fortune ( which you get free on prescription).

steben Wed 07-Nov-12 17:40:12

Prior to this she was taking between 2-3 and a half once a feed. Am giving same amounts but she very windy and bringing what I do manage to get her to take back up.

Iggly Wed 07-Nov-12 21:34:30

Can you go back to how you were feeding and demand that they test her properly?

Maz007 Thu 08-Nov-12 03:05:38

I'm afraid I don't agree with iggly Serious allergies do not necessarily lead to anaphylaxis. Do push for more testing but follow medical advice until you are reassured that she's not allergic. She could have a more serious reaction in future if she is allergic.

As for breast-feeding, I agree that there are many benefits to breastfeeding but you shouldn't feel pressurised to carry on if you don't feel it's right for you. If you want to persevere, absolutely do - there is lots of help available and I am sure a really good breastfeeding consultant would have lots to say. BUT if you decide not to push on after a certain point you shouldn't be made to feel guilty. Breastmilk is good, but not as good as a mummy who is happy and feeds whatever milk without it being caught up with guilt etc...

Like others have said, such early days with your little one - hope you can really enjoy her despite what must have been a very scary time. If it is an allergy, you are not alone - lots of us on here who have travelled down that road and it's not the end of the world, however tough at times.

Take really good care thanks]

Iggly Thu 08-Nov-12 07:02:04

Point taken maz007.

Disagree about BF though especially if the allergy is cows milk.

freefrommum Thu 08-Nov-12 10:40:42

Nicely put Maz007

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