DS has been exclusively breast fed for 5mths. Just recently we gave him a 120ml bottle of formula at night after a breastfeed to help him feel "full" and to give me a little longer between night feeds. (He was waking 4+ times a night). He absolutley demolished the top ups and i thought we were onto something....
He then came out in an eczema looking rash all over his body, on his face especially. He was irritated, unhappy, stopped sleeping all together and refused the bottle after about 6 odd 120ml formula top ups over 3 nights. Had alot of poo nappies (normal consistency for a breastfed baby) i thought he was having more nappies because he was getting more milk?
Took him to the GP and the dr said to stop the formula. Gave us some steriod cream, anti biotics as his skin was also infected and he had a temperature. that was that.
He slept well for the next 4 days and nights exclusively on breast milk. The rash has gone, happy again. Now he has gone back to his usual ways. I think he's hungry again.
I called my MCHN today and she suggested to get him eating solids now. Sit him up with us and he can eat what we are having, steak, steam some vegies. 3 times a day. She also said to stay clear of cow's milk formula (as DH has a lastose intollerence) and to give him soy/lactose free formula of a night for his top ups...if he needs them. Basically do what we have to do to keep the household running. But she said try him on some food first and see if it helps our nights.
DS is 5mths 2 weeks, i wanted him to be on milk exclusively untill 6mths as i thought that was all they needed. We havent tired him on food yet. He sits up at the table, watches and enjoys a rusk occasionally while we eat, rejected rice creeal. thats his extent on foods atm.
I still dont know if DS has a formula/lactose allergy? im too scared to try s26Gold or Heinz Nurture again. I dont want him to go thru that again.
We are giving the soy formual a try tonight.
I still dont know about the food....would it really help? i didnt think they ate all that much esp with BLW.
I guess im asking what are the signs your bub might have a formula allergy?
I realise formula can be rough on a breastfed bub but this reaction was quite severe. My GP was not exactly hlpful about it either. Just said to stop the formula and keep breastfeeding....he totally didnt get it.
What specific alternative brands of formula can you reccomend?