I need a sympathetic ear...
After DD was eventually diagnosed with reflux and dairy sensitivity we were onto it much quicker with DS (through paed). He has been an incredibly fussy breastfeeder with me having to force him to keep feeding. (Despite this he is a big boy and has gained weight well, though dropping down from 95 to 75 percentile). Plus the elimination diet has been doing my head in and on recently discovering DD is gluten intolerant I decided enough is enough - I need to put DS on formula for my sanity (he is now 4 months).
Paed gave us script for neocate, warned us it was going to be tricky. I have always given him a bottle of EBM just before bed as this is his fussiest feed so on Wed gave him a 3/4 EBM with 1/4 Neocate.....Oh my goodness! He screamed as if he was swallowing razor blades refusing to take it! Had read all the tricks online during the day about getting them to take it and one of them was putting vanilla into it disguises the smell - made no difference. Carried on for half an hour with him screaming his lungs out and taking the occassional suck. He took 40mL in total. With both of us crying I gave up and gave him a breastfeed.
Tonight, gave him 140mL of EBM with about 10mL of Neocate mixed with vanilla. Same screaming, possibly even worse. Tried for half an hour, took 15 possibly 20mL. Totally beside myself gave him a breastfeed then offered the bottle again where he surprisingly took 40mL.
Please someone who has been through this tell me it will get better. I know to get him on it quicker I should be a hard **** and offer him nothing but straight Neocate but know I could not handle the emotional toll on both of us. Also, please don't berate me for trying to give up breastfeeding, I am really not interested in told to try harder, it has been a really hard road and this is the decision we have made.