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Breastmilk for toddler with severe eczema

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mamasunshine Thu 01-Sep-11 14:14:22

I'm hoping someone can offer me some information/experience. I have a 2.2 yo with moderately severe eczema. He has various food allergies/intolerances, including dairy and soya. I've tried almost everything I can think of doing in relation to the eczema. He sees a peadiatrition, dermatologist, nutritionist, dietitian and herbalist. We follow all advice. Everyone seems to be at a loss as to why nothing's helping.

I'm now contemplating expressing breastmilk for him. I'm bf dd 7mo so not a case of re-establishing supply. Do you think bm will help? How much bm should a 2yo be having a day, bearing in mind he has NO dairy?

From memory I'm pretty sure his eczema only started becoming a VERY big problem once he'd self weaned bf about 15mo.

Thanks

mawbroon Thu 01-Sep-11 14:19:03

It is certainly worth a try. You may need to go dairy free yourself though as your milk would contain cows milk protein (unless you avoid it yourself)

Not sure on quantities really. I let ds1 feed whenever he wanted at that age, because he couldn't have dairy either.

How would you feel about letting him try again himself, avoiding the expressing faff?

naturalbaby Thu 01-Sep-11 14:24:41

my boy didn't have very bad eczema but i tried homeopathy which helped. my 2yr old has a small beaker of milk a day but cheese and yoghurt too. i offered ds1 a cup of expressed milk when he was around this age and he didn't like the taste at all! it was less than a year since his last bf but he was used to cows milk.

mamasunshine Thu 01-Sep-11 14:51:00

Yes I was thinking I would have to remove dairy completely, I only have dairy if it happens to be in shop bought product. But he also can't have: soya, nuts, sesame, tomatoes, lentils, wheat and eggs, so not sure if I would need to avoid all of these things hmm...this is why I haven't 'just done it'! I hadn't thought about letting him just try, ds1 self weaned at 17mo, I panicked 6 weeks later as there was the big swine flu epidemic and he had no idea what to do! But I'll definitely let him try.

We're trying homeopathy too smile The next big step from homeopath/herbalist is to put him on a veggie and protein only diet shock He's quite used to different tastes...was having goats milk etc, trying him on the hydrolysed formula later which is supposed to be awful. So I could always flavour it with cocoa powder?! If needs must I suppose!

mamasunshine Thu 01-Sep-11 14:54:42

Ok, so I just let him try! He put his mouth on, made a completely disgusted look and said: "uh, yuck mummy, yucky!" blush grin So would definitely need to be 'flavoured'!

naturalbaby Thu 01-Sep-11 19:05:01

grin @ yucky! i can't believe how quick it took for him to loose the suck they do when feeding and forget the taste.

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