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    Default Weaning from Breast to Bottle - Allergy Concerns

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this message, but I am considering weaning my 4 1/2 year old on to the bottle for day feeds prior to my return to work but am uncertain how to go about it in fear of him having an allergic reaction to dairy based products. My nearly 3 year old DD tested positive to both dairy and egg allergens at 6 months of age prior to being weaned following months of painful wind attacks and a small flare up on the lip when she grabbed at my milkshake on one occasion. Needless to say I booked her in for allergy testing. My DS however has not had any of the same symptoms to date, but then again I don't have any where near the same intake of dairy/eggs due to past history and my DD's continuing allergies. I am rambling on a bit, but basically where do I start. Do I buy a regular bottle formula and give him one bottle, or rub some on his arm to see if there is a reaction or should I just book him in for an allergy test?? I plan to continue breastfeeding him for morning and night feeds as long as possible to give him the best on offer, but for practical reasons I will need to start introducing the bottle during the day in the next few months. Any advice would be very welcome.

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    Do you mean 4.5 *month* old, not *year* old?

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    If you're really concerned perhaps try a goats milk formula... they are in short supply atm though. If he has shown no signs yet though I would give him a little, maybe 20mls and see how he goes from there. Do it when hubby is home in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TnA View Post
    If you're really concerned perhaps try a goats milk formula... they are in short supply atm though. If he has shown no signs yet though I would give him a little, maybe 20mls and see how he goes from there. Do it when hubby is home in case.
    Definitely have hubby home when you decide to try something, and regarding the goats milk, well my DD1 was allergic to it too. Apparently it's common to be allergic to the goats milk formula if they're allergic to cow's milk formula too. Also, at least you've got some foresight as to what it may be if/when he reacts. Because with DD1, I breastfed her, but she had really bad eczma and would break out in hives every now and then and we couldn't figure it out. One night at 3mths when I wanted a break and hubby watched her, we just had some formula there to give her if she was hungry. Ended up in a hospital visit because she wouldn't stop throwing up constantly. The hospital was useless. Didn't even question us that maybe it was an allergic reaction. They just monitored her and the next morning the doctor who discharged us said that we just weren't burping her properly! OMG! Our regular doctor didn't really know either. I pushed for allergy tests but apparently under 2years they're not all that accurate? So he wouldn't give us a referral until she was 2. Which we did get and turns out she IS allergic to dairy, eggs and peanuts.

    I'm a bit similar in that with my 2nd DD, I have been having minimal dairy in my diet and haven't been giving her any dairy too. So, I'm unsure if she is the same as DD1 or not as severe. When I was having alot of dairy when she was newborn I noticed she developed a rash on her cheeks. Cut the dairy and presto the rash disappeared. So, I didn't know you could get in to the allergy testing that young? And did you just ring them up? Or did you have a referral from GP?

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    Hollywood - yes, sorry, my little man is only 4.5 months, not years.
    Smurfberrylizard - sounds like our stories are very similar. When my DD was born she was checked over by a pediatrician as she was delivered with the use of vacuum suction so when I suspected she might have an allergy I just mentioned it to the ped and she wrote out a referral for me. It was good this way as the clinic where we were going bulk billed if the referral was from specialist to specialist, whereas if the referral came from our dr it would have cost us around $400. Apparently she will outgrow her allergies but it will take some time so we will not get her retested until she is ready to go to either kinder or school. I am hoping our DS doesn't have the same issues but I guess only time will tell.
    Thanks for all the responses.


 

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