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Cows milk protein intolerance & making pepti formula palatable

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BNmum Tue 25-Nov-14 21:27:32

Please come talk to me about weaning EBF baby with suspected cows milk protein intolerance onto Aptamil Pepti. Lo is 8mo and is EBF, I'm due to return to work after Christmas so I'm trying to wean him onto some formula. So far I've tried mixing 1oz of formula (aptamil pepti) with some breastmilk, mixing some with morning porridge, offering it straight, offering in bottle, offering in beaker and in all instances lo just spits it out. Anyone got any tips of how I can make it tastier so lo will give it a go?
Has anyone used Aptamil Pepti?

BNmum Wed 26-Nov-14 20:13:26

Anyone got any tips to encourage lo to take this formula?

TheGrinchWearsStripes Sat 29-Nov-14 15:12:47

Oh dear, this stuff is vile isn't it! We never got DS to accept it. He is an absolute dustbin to feed, not the slightest bit fussy, and he was throwing his bottles across the room!
It's a bit trickier for you as your LO is under 1, (DS was 18 months) but what about using ready made non dairy milks? You can give almond milk at this age, although it can't be a main nutritional source as it is quite low in fat and protein. Will you still be bfing at night?
Don't use soya though - 50% of CMPI children are also soya intolerant! Like DS...

BNmum Mon 01-Dec-14 08:01:54

Thanks Grinch, a friend with a cmpi child mentioned that her detitician suggested mixing a bit of nesquick with the milk but im reluctant to do this as i also suspect that lo is soya intolerant as you mention. I'm currently using oatly milk in cooking and I hope to continue with breastfeeding on an evening.
I did manage to get lo to take 3oz of the Aptamil pepti last week and thought for a brief moment that I'd cracked it until he threw up everywhere and was really uncomfortable all day. His eczema also flared up so I'm heading back to the docs to see if theres anything else to try.

GrumbelinaPicklebottom Mon 01-Dec-14 23:54:06

Are you giving him the bottles of Pepti, OP?
Has he had expressed milk in a bottle before?

I have heard that breastfed babies are unlikely to take bottles from mum because mum has the real deal (as far as they are concerned).

With my son (admittedly he was younger) we first had to get him used to drinking from a bottle - we used pure EBM for this, and I was in another room when my husband gave it to him. Then we gradually increased the proportion of Nutramigen to breast milk (day q 1/4 formula, 3/4 EBM; day 2 1/2 formula, 1/2 EBM; etc). My husband had to do all of the bottle feeding initially - the whole process took about a week, and we only did one bottle per day (in the evening), because we were just supplementing with formula.

My son is now 2, and loves Nutramigen, bless him. It smells disgusting but he doesn't know any different sad

BNmum Tue 02-Dec-14 13:50:29

Hi grumbelina (love the name!), lo will take a bottle of expressed with no problems at all. DH also tried to do the feeding and it made no difference. I went back to the docs yesterday & we've now been prescribed nutramigen aa, so I'll go back to expressing & diluting it down like you. It's good to hear that your DS loves this stuff. Have you periodically tried your DS with milk products to see if he's still intolerant?

GrumbelinaPicklebottom Tue 02-Dec-14 19:52:23

Hi BNMum

All the best with Nutramigen AA.

I have read about people adding a bit of vanilla extract to make it taste less disgusting. Guessing you could use it to start off with, then maybe gradually take it OUT of the bottles once your baby is drinking the formula reliably...?

I have started a thread myself (can't figure out how to link it on my phone, sorry, but it's on this board. Relatively recent ie posts in the last week), about our adventures in dairyland. I was told to trial dairy periodically but given no further guidance, nor was my son referred to a dietitian. So I was winging it, basically. And unfortunately it hasn't gone very well - last trial was in July this year. We have finally been referred to a dietitian so will wait to see what they say before trialling again.

BNmum Tue 02-Dec-14 21:19:08

Thanks for the tip re:vanilla grumbelina. I'm off to find your post sounds like i an essential read for us especially as I posted a question about dietitians earlier! I feel we are totally winging it here and the gp is very dismissive of it all. I'll no doubt be back with questions! grin

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