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02-22-2005, 10:16 AM
MY dd is now 5 weeks old and has been on soy formula since day 2 (the nurses at the hospital said she had a possible milk allergy due to throwing up her formula after each feeding). My question is: I have read some babies do well switching back to milk based formula after a month, should I try to switch? The reason why I ask is Olivia has had alot of watery stools recently. Does anyone have experience with a baby who has had a milk allergy? TIA!
02-23-2005, 11:20 AM
I don't have any answers, but several people in Stork Deliveries Jan - June have had experience with milk allergies. I'll PM them to see if they would try to respond (I think they breastfed, but have a lot of knowledge).
02-23-2005, 11:36 AM
Hmm, could be a lot of things. First, is she doing OK still on the soy formula? If she's doing OK, then I'd leave her on it for a little while at least to let her gut have time to mature. If she's not (is the runny poop caused by the soy?) then she might benefit from nutramigen or alimentum. The horrible thing about allergies is that the only way to find out is through trial and error. :( You can try a milk-based formula, just be prepared and on the look-out for allergy signs. Nutramigen and alimentum is expensive, but either will help if it truly is an allergy/sensitivity. Good luck sorting it all out, I know it can be tough! Let us know how she's doing!
02-23-2005, 11:39 AM
Don't switch her until you've discussed her situation with her pediatrician. I'm not sure why the nurses jumped on putting her on soy so quickly? Did your ped agree you should start using soy at that time? Is there a family history of milk allergies?
My oldest DD had a milk allergy as an infant...she's outgrown it to a point (now she just has a very low lactose-tollerance). Our ped didn't have her on soy until she was 2 months old -- it took a little while to run through other options of what was up with her before switching her over to soy. Because of her allergy - our other kids were all on soy from birth (our choice...not something the doc said we needed to do).
Anyway - you should definately discuss this in detail with your ped before making any type of formula switch...if it is an allergy - you'll want to keep an eye on her while you switch in case she still has a reaction.
Good Luck! :)
02-23-2005, 12:11 PM
Thank you so much for your feedback! Dh and I think it may be the Similac Soy formula that is causing her watery stools (her stools were a little firmer on Carnation Soy). I have lactose intolerance so that may be why the nurses suggested the switch (the ped at the hospital agreed). I will discuss with her ped! Thanks!
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