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To expect the NHS to pay for me to breast feed

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pamplem0usse Fri 23-Nov-12 12:28:24

OK so not quite:
10 week old DS has a cows milk allergy. He's EBF so the only solution currently is for me to cut out all dairy from my diet. I'm already a pescatarian.
Dairy free alternatives seem to be really expensive.... AIBU to think I should be able to be prescribed some of these given (a) the amount of money I'm saving them on hypoallergenic formula and (b) since I'm likely to save them significant amounts of cash by helping prevent further allergies develop....

EuroShagmore Fri 23-Nov-12 12:36:08

I'm lactose intolerant and have been dairy free for years. I don't see how it is more expensive.

I tend to eat things that are naturally dairy free rather than finding dairy substitutes though. I do occasionally buy a carton of lactofree milk so I can have a hot choc in winter though, but that's a handfull of times per year.

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 23-Nov-12 12:37:15

YABU. However, you're entitled to ask to be referred to a dietician on the NHS who could probably suggest cheaper ways of achieving the same thing than buying expensive dairy-free alternatives.

nannyl Fri 23-Nov-12 12:40:20

yes I think YABU

(says she who has never bought formula and donated loads of my milk to SCBU..... wouldnt have occured to me to want money for my milk, nor for the sterilising equipment and pumps etc that i bought (over £200 worth) to be a donar)

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 23-Nov-12 12:40:23

Yabvu. You don't have to eat alternatives to avoid dairy. You can eat other stuff.

The NHS is not there to pay for yours or your child's food. You are not saving the NHS money hmm What a ridiculous thing to say. You are preventing our baby from being ill, not doing the taxpayer a favour!

RyleDup Fri 23-Nov-12 12:42:07

Agree with outraged. Words have failed me!

cowardlylionhere Fri 23-Nov-12 12:45:07

I'm guessing you're joking. It can be difficult at first, my 7mo ds has a cows milk protein problem too and I've cut it completely from my diet. It's far easier than I thought it would be. I'm wanting to stop bfing for various reasons now though and getting anyone to take the problem seriously and prescribe suitable formula is a struggle. He comes up in welts if I ever slip up, even if you dab milk on his skin sad

Gettheetoanunnery Fri 23-Nov-12 12:46:17

I think Yabu for the reasons stated by others.

MrsMicawber Fri 23-Nov-12 12:47:55

You know how you cut out meat? Now cut out milk.

Easy peasy. The world does not owe you anything.

SantaKissedBonkeyMollocks Fri 23-Nov-12 12:49:17



Pancakeflipper Fri 23-Nov-12 12:52:06

Dairy-free foods don't have to be expensive, well it is if you buy the "free-from" stuff at the supermarket.

If you give a list of what is expensive I will try to find cheaper alternatives for you ( and as you have a 10 week old I will try to not give you lots of recipes as you are probably knackered and cannot be arsed to make your own cookies).

AdoraJingleBells Fri 23-Nov-12 12:58:19


When you have a baby you become responsible for the baby's welfare. There is lots of support available in the UK to help this happen, but the responsibility remains your's.

If you need to drop something from your diet for the baby's wellbeing so be it. Presumably this is a short term change rather than permanent?

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Fri 23-Nov-12 12:58:55

I am bit puzzled why it is so much more expensive to be dairy free. I don't drink cows milk and basic soya milk is about 60p a litre in the supermarket. I do sometimes eat yogurt but I could live without or you can get soya yogurt. Again I'm a bit take it our leave it about cheese. Non dairy spreads are going to be about the same as dairy.

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Fri 23-Nov-12 13:01:04


You could always switch to bottle feeding and get his dairy free formula on prescription.

ICBINEG Fri 23-Nov-12 13:01:49

outraged how is preventing a baby from getting sick NOT going to save the tax payer money?

Surely every hospital visit costs??

SCOTCHandWRY Fri 23-Nov-12 13:03:26

You're an adult - actually, you don't NEED any form of dairy foods in your diet, past the age of about 5! Up your intake of leafy veg/salad, nuts and seeds and you will get all the calcium you need (it's just marketing bollocks that you need dairy in your diet, you don't).

After weaning my DS4 from BF at about 13 months, he just went onto Goats milk (full fat, available in all supermarkets these days), rather than buy expensive special formula (he has no reaction to it at all, very few people react to goats milk).

Principality Fri 23-Nov-12 13:04:59

I do sympathise with op.

I had the same with ds2.

To the others is not the obvious dairy products but the fact that dairy is in everything like biscuits, some breads, etc. You have to check everything you put in your mouth. Difficult to eat out or with friends etc.

ICBINEG Fri 23-Nov-12 13:05:45

I want paying for a) not smoking (saving a bundle there) and
b) losing weight

FlangelinaBallerina Fri 23-Nov-12 13:05:57

If the baby would otherwise be prescribed formula, then OP is absolutely and unequivocally saving the NHS money by rendering it unnecessary. This is not a matter of opinion. Still though, I think wanting dairy free alternatives prescribed is a bit much.

NeedlesCuties Fri 23-Nov-12 13:06:40


Nice try, but I hardly think this is a priority case for the already cash-strapped NHS.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 23-Nov-12 13:07:03

Preventing a baby from being ill will ultimately save the NHS money, but it's a parents responsibility to do what they can to prevent their child becoming ill.

There is something very simple and inexpensive that the OP could do to protect her own child's health, yet she has the cheek to think the NHS should pay for her to parent her own child. It's ridiculous.

I may as well say that I demand the NHS pays me not to do extreme sports. After all, I'd be saving them money by not putting myself at risk of injury. Or maybe they could pay for me to fly up to Scotland to see my family as there would be less risk of my being injured in a car accident, therefore I'm saving the taxpayer money. Or, perhaps, they could pay for someone to walk my child to school. I can't be bothered to parent properly myself, and it will save the NHS money if my small child doesn't get run over by a car. hmm

missymoomoomee Fri 23-Nov-12 13:07:41

You are saving them significant amounts of money, by feeding your own child?


I am also saving the NHS money by not smoking. Instead of smoking I eat mars bars, will the NHS pay for my chocolate?

I am saving the NHS money by not taking up skydiving as a hobby and therefore minimising the risk of breaking my leg, instead of that I choose to read, will they buy me a kindle and a new book every week.

SCOTCHandWRY Fri 23-Nov-12 13:07:53

re Soya formulas - those with a cows milk protein sensitivity have a fairly high chance of also reacting to soya products.

Lesbeadiva Fri 23-Nov-12 13:08:06

I had to stop drinking wine when breast feeding <prepares catch up wine bill to send to nhs>

BalloonSlayer Fri 23-Nov-12 13:09:41

Children can be prescribed gluten free food, as it is expensive.

Back in the day when soya formula used to be the alternative for a baby with a cows' milk allergy, that was available on prescription too.

Dairy-free food is expensive but it is not available on prescription. I agree it does not seem fair.

I used to feel pissed off that a child with a gluten intolerance could get expensive alternatives for free, food but my child with a life-threatening allergy couldn't.

But 'tis life! smile

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