Baby food intolerance struggles

posted 11 months ago in Babies
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  • Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper

    In my experience the hypoallergenic formula is expensive, stinky, and stains everything. I was where you are once until I started reading every single label for casein, whey, etc. and pretty much just eating food I’d prepared myself so I could be sure what was in it. (I cooked double or triple everything I made and froze the rest so I would have safe food on hand.) You’d be amazed at how many things food producers sneak dairy into including many lunch meats. 

    Shopping at a kosher grocery was really helpful for me. I traveled for work and could not control my diet while traveling so would pump and dump until I was sure I was clear, using stored breast milk or supplementing with formula as needed. If you want to do this you can make it work, just be flexible with yourself–if you want to enjoy a holiday meal pump and dump for as long as you need to clear the culprits. 

    Post # 17
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I breastfed 14 years ago. I was also vegan during my pregnancy, but no longer. My advice would be to ask this question on a breastfeeding or baby board where you have a better chance of getting advice from someone who maybe had/has your same experience. Also, have you talked to a nutritionist or lactation consultant? My worry is what if you switch to formula and the problem persists? For some women once you breastfeed less it effects supply. In the end it is your decision because mama also has to be happy too. Good luck.

    Post # 21
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    lilceeja124 :  Everyone is different. All of my children held onto their intolerance until the ages of 5 – 7 so I read labels for a decade and had to pack something for every school meal, birthday party, etc. I was lucky they outgrew it at all. The good part was they learned to love a lot of things other kids wouldn’t try, let alone eat. 

    A lot of vegetables are amazing roasted with just olive oil, salt and pepper–yummy and easy and can be tossed with some pasta or eggs (if eggs are not an issue). Frozen vegan entrees, cinnamon raisin bread from the kosher bakery, Amy’s veg pizza…I’m not so sure about soy but there are a lot of vegan options at your local healthy grocery or the frozen aisle if cooking isn’t your thing. You can also search for vegan or dairy and soy free crock pot or Instapot recipes. You have a lot of tasty options beyond beans and rice. 

    Post # 22
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Could beans be causing the gas? Are you soaking the beans in baking soda to prevent gas? If you are cooking beans from scratch? Beans make me gassy if not pre soaked properly. 

    Post # 24
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    Busy bee

    Have you tried giving him gripe water or any other type of infant gas drops? Gripe water helped with my son’s gassy tummy when he was an infant. 

     

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    Post # 26
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    Busy bee

    I hope the drops help! I have to be honest, on all the advice boards I ever read regarding infants and tummy issues, I don’t think I ever saw someone recommend formula over breast milk. There are definitely good reasons to switch, but gas and abnormal stool was never one of them. If you try it and it works though, that’s great, and this is NOT meant to come across as judgey.

    one thing to note is that green slimy poop isn’t always a bad thing. Some baby poop just is that way from time to time, especially if you eat lots of green veggies, and considering you are vegetarian, I wouldn’t be surprised if your stool is greenish sometimes too! My sons varied from bright yellow to army green over the course of his ebf time. (Blood however is something to get checked out for sure). 

    And lastly, another trick to help get the gas out is to hold baby in front of you, facing out with his back and head against your front, and pull his legs in to a froggy position with his knees bent so his thighs are touching his belly and kinda wiggle his feet around. That used to work WONDERS for us. 

     

    Post # 28
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2016

    Whether you switch to formula or stick with breastfeeding, is a personal decision and one that you have to be 100% comfortable with.  There is a wrong decision  as long as your baby is happy and healthy.

    I have a 10 month old, who had significant gas and GI issues as well as reflux.   We see a GI specialist at a pediatric hospital.   I started with eliminating dairy, then moved to eliminating soy, egg, and gluten.   Once I eliminated all those, 90% of his issues resolved itself.    We occasionally have flare up, but he is a much happier baby.  Know that it can take up to 6 weeks for all symptoms to go away.    

    Eliminating all that food is challenging and you have to be 100% committed.  It has made restaurant dining challenging and hard to go to friends/family’s houses for dinner.   But it has been with it for me.  

    I will also add that we occasionally supplement with formula because I don’t pump enough while I work. It was trial and error finding a formula that worked for him and he would eat.    We ended up with elecare,  then transitioned to alimentum ready to feed when he turned 6 months.   

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