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Cmp allergy and going back to work

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melonribena Mon 01-Apr-13 21:41:31

Hi everyone. Some advice would be greatly appreciated.

My 8mth old ds has been ebf from birth. We've had issues with tongue tie but things are now going well.

Weaning is going well, despite a cmp allergy.

He eats a bowl of cereal with 3oz of ebm and fruit for breakfast, 1.5 jars (not always jars but helpful to gauge amount) for lunch and dinner and due to him being totally nosy he takes the bare minimum of breastfeeding during the day. He prefers to catch up during the night! (A whole different issue!)

Anyway, I'm starting him on oatmilk soon and will express some milk - to put in food - he takes very little from a bottle or sippy cup.

When I go back to work, he will be 10.5 mths old. He will breastfeed first thing in the morning, at 4.30 when I get home from work, at bedtime and then throughout the night!

Does it sound like it would be ok if he has some ebm and oat milk to drink during the day while I'm at work. I really don't want to have to use dairy free formula but I can only get about 3oz of expressed milk and would need to top it up with oatmilk.

I'm out of the house for 9 hours a day, 3 days a week and would continue breastfeeding on the days I'm at home. Is it ok to give him oatmilk or a small amount of ebm or water during the day when I'm not there? The oatmilk would be in food, the ebm and water would be in a sippy cup.

I'm grateful for any input or experiences

Iggly Mon 01-Apr-13 21:53:32

I did the same (cmp intolerance though not allergy for us). I used the calcium enriched oat milk mixed with a bit of the oat cream to make it fattier and more filling. Plus almond butter on crackers or hummus and breadsticks for calciumy type snacks.

I went back to work 3 days and dd was 9 months. She didn't bf much in te day either. She's fine - I'm up to 4 days a week and still bf her and use oatmilk when I'm not there.

I had a similar issue with my ds and we saw a dietician so felt confident it would be ok. They said he was too old to try dairy or soya free formula.

I did find expressing hard when at work - didn't get much out. Supply wise, bf has been fine. No drop or anything and I've adjusted ok to not feeding 3/4 days a week in the day.

Good luck - I found it stressful and still do as want to make sure dd gets decent food in her.

melonribena Mon 01-Apr-13 22:05:43

Thank you so much iggly. I feel a millions times better. I wish my gp would refer us to a dietician rather than just fobbing us off with 'just don't give dairy until he's a year old'
Luckily mn is great for advice!

trixymalixy Mon 01-Apr-13 22:09:48

DS was 12 months when I went back to work and he was absolutely fine with a bit of oat milk during the day and I bf him as soon as we got home. I did try him with dairy free formula but he wouldn't take it as it is vile stuff. I never bothered expressing through the day either.

KD0706 Mon 01-Apr-13 23:55:19

Sorry, bit of a hijack. I give my dd goats milk as she doesn't tolerate cows milk as a drink. Is oat milk better? And is it just beside all the other milk?


janey223 Tue 02-Apr-13 00:16:55

There are various formulas you can try instead of oat milk which is quite low cal! They vary in vileness to be honest, DS refused 2 then decided he would take aptamil pepti. Plus if he's having some formula during the day when you're at work he might feed a bit less in the night (if your lucky!)

Iggly Tue 02-Apr-13 07:50:22

Try and get a referral via your health visitor instead?

melonribena Tue 02-Apr-13 07:53:16

Thanks again! The hv said she can't do anything and its all up to the gp. Is she fobbing me off too?

Iggly Tue 02-Apr-13 07:57:29

Yes. Mine can!

Do you have another GP you can see?

meebles Tue 02-Apr-13 08:03:05

my ds (9months) is cmpi. Around here only the paed consultant can refer to the dietician, not GP or HV. We do a mix of a lot of BM (But not expressed as I can hardly get any) and nutramigen (every other day or so) He's progressively refused the nutramigen, and the dietician said it didn't matter too much if he stopped that, just to give him vitamin drops instead. She did say not to give oat milk or anything like that till he was one though.

melonribena Tue 02-Apr-13 10:42:58

Thanks everyone, I will make another appt with a different gp. Nice to see I'm not the only one with the same issues!

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