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When did you stop using Neocate?

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gretagrape Mon 18-Nov-13 10:27:53

Hi. Using Neocate for CMPA son, almost 8mo. I'm only using it for bottles, not in any cooking or with food. I know that for babies without allergies they would just move onto cow's milk once they are 12 months, but obviously this isn't an option for us, and soya may also be out if he turns out to be allergic to that.

What did you do once your baby reached 12 months? Did you continue to offer Neocate as a 'drink', at night for instance, or did you just stop using it altogether and make sure the right vitamins and minerals were present in your baby's diet from other sources?

I suppose at the heart of this is my desire to use formula for as short a time as possible if I can provide all the nutrients from natural sources instead, so I'm interested to know whether others stopped using it at 12 months?


bundaberg Mon 18-Nov-13 10:36:24

do they not recommend until around 2?

do you see the dietician at all? if so then it's probably worth asking them? I know neocate make some flavoured drinks for older children which you could maybe move onto rather than having a lot of the formula??

the problem is that most dairy-free milk has a really low fat content. That's the thing I really struggled with for ds2 and ds3. Alpro do a junior soya milk which has more fat in it, but like you say, that may not be any good for him. I was never keen on giving my 2 a lot of soya in their diet, so we stuck to oat/almond milk and used their soya allowance on yoghurt lol

gretagrape Mon 18-Nov-13 10:44:15

Do we have a dietician? Hmm, that's like a trick question really - we do have one but she was totally useless, for way too many reasons to go into in one post!!

I'll see what she says - maybe this will be the one piece of advice she gives me that turns out to be useful.

bundaberg Mon 18-Nov-13 10:45:37

ahh one of those! :-D

if she is no help then maybe go back to GP and ask? or paediatric allergy person-y thingy

May09Bump Mon 18-Nov-13 10:49:42

you can move onto neocate active - my son is still on it at 4yrs we are now going to start trying oat milk. We use it as a banana milkshake mixture.

You do need to speak to your allergist.

gretagrape Mon 18-Nov-13 16:09:15

Thanks - I will give her a ring. Need to speak to her about a possible gluten problem that might also be rearing it's head (yet another thread asking for help!) so might as well get a whole list of things for her to answer!


gracegrape Mon 18-Nov-13 23:18:08

I don't know if this helps, but DD1 couldn't have cow's milk or soya so I gave her Neocate as a drink until she was 2 but she had oatly on her cereal, in cooking etc. My paediatrician said she could have just Oatly from 12 months, but I was concerned about the lack of calories so I kept her on the Neocate but gradually reduced it so that by 2 years she was just having it once a day. DD2 couldn't have cow's milk but is ok with soya so she has the Alpro 1+ as a drink once a day and a soya yoghurt (but is also BF a couple of times a day). She also has Oatly on her cereal.

TinyDiamond Tue 19-Nov-13 00:10:00

moved to neocate active. We have the blackcurrant flavour. Dd is now 2yrs 3 months and her prescription has now stopped so we are just using up the final box. When it is gone we will just use almond or coconut milk full time which is what she has on her cereal.

gretagrape Tue 19-Nov-13 19:21:05

Thanks for all the input. Having spoken to our consultant about a possible reaction to oats over the last couple of weeks she's said to hold off on gluten until he's 12 months so the Oatley will need to be given a miss I think!

We'll stick to the Neocate and see how things go as and when he can tolerate any of the substances in the alternative milks.


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