Friday, 26 April 2019

Why add seeds to a dairy free diet?

When I first found out Matilda was allergic to dairy, one of my biggest concerns was how we were going to meet all her nutritional needs without dairy in her diet. A little research and time spent trying different foods during the weaning process, we soon found our dairy free swaps and managed to ensure her needs are meet. In addition to the usual fortified milk and yoghurt alternatives and usual calcium rich non-dairy foods, one of the easiest things I found to give an added nutritional boost was seeds.

Right from the beginning stages of weaning, I have sprinkled chia and flax seeds over Matilda's porridge and yoghurts and even on bread with dairy free cheese spread. Not only does it add texture, but it adds nutritional value too.

Why add seeds?

Seeds are a fantastic source for many things, from vitamins and minerals to antioxidants and fiber. Studies have also shown that adding seeds to your diet can have added health benefits, particularly in reducing the risk of heart disease and promoting the health of bones and muscles, when included as part of a healthy diet.

There are many different seeds out there, each with their own benefits, tastes and textures.

Which seeds are best?

The seeds you choose will depend on what nutritional benefits you are looking for as well as personal preference. However, there are two seeds I always make sure I have stocked in my cupboard; chia and flax.

Chia seeds are great for that added calcium boost with around 177mg of calcium per 28 gram serving (around two tablespoons). They also contain 10.6g of fiber, 4.4g of protein and 4.9g of Omega 3 fats in one 28g serving.

Flax seeds, also known as linseeds, are a great source of fiber, containing 7.8g per 28g serving. This is in addition to containing 6.5g Omega 3 fats, 5.2g of protein.

If your child has a vegetarian or vegan diet, it is also worth noting that hemp seeds are a great source of protein. It is one of the few plants that are a complete protein source with 8.8g of protein per 28g serving.

Should I include seeds in my child's diet?

At the end of the day, it is entirely your choice. Although there are many great nutritional and health benefits to eating seeds, it is, like most things, not going to meet all your needs alone. What they do provide however, is a nutritional boost to what ever you are serving. If you are concerned about calcium levels as well as other vitamins and minerals in yours or your child's dairy free diet, why not sprinkle them on your breakfast in the morning or add some to your yoghurt.

For more nutritional information, including that of other seeds click here.

Friday, 29 March 2019

5 Tips to Survive Dairy Free Breastfeeding

Recently I was asked how I managed to survive dairy free breastfeeding for as long as I did, after discovering Matilda had a Cow Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) early on. As a mum you do whatever it takes to give your baby what they need, even if it means making some sacrifices yourself. Whether you plan on dairy free breastfeeding for two weeks or two years and beyond, the five tips below should hopefully help you on your dairy free breastfeeding journey. 

1. Establish a good support at home and online.

If you are going to give up dairy for your child's health, it helps to surround yourself with people who are understanding and supportive. That means surrounding yourself with those that won't keep offering you that slice of chocolate cake because 'surely a little bit can't hurt?' Well as you know, it does, and you need your family and friends around you to understand and accept that. In addition to having supportive family and friends, it helps to seek support online as well, either through support groups and forums or online social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You will soon find yourself overwhelmed by the number of mums going through the same experience as you and reading the success stories from those that have come out the other end, will provide the encouragement and hope you need to stay positive on those extra tough days. Instagram has a large community of 'Allergy Mums,' who you can lean on for support and inspiration. For example @cmpamum is a good Instagram account to follow as its documents a real mum's journey as she breastfeeds her son with CMPA. She tells you as it is, sharing the ups and the downs, which is refreshing in this world of filters and glossy, picture perfect instagram accounts. She also shares a lot of dairy free food options for yourself and your little one which is really useful for finding new dairy free products to try. Don't forget we are also on Instagram, just follow @growingupdairyfree for all our updates, including meal inspiration and dairy free products.

2. Stay can do this!

I know it is easier said than done, but stay strong. Don't let people pressure you into giving up dairy free breastfeeding until you feel ready to do so. You may have already found people saying to you, don't bother going dairy free, just switch to formula, it will be so much easier. If that is what you want, than go for it but if you want to carry on breastfeeding than stick to it, you don't have to give up. As someone who has done both, each have their challenges, you need to do what you feel the most comfortable with and not let other people's negativity get inside your head. When the time is right to stop for both you and your child, you will just get a feeling that the time is right. In the mean time, enjoy the close connection it brings, the calm moments amongst the chaos. You can read about my experience of when I decided to stop dairy free breastfeeding by clicking here.

3. Share your knowledge of CMPA.

Not only is it important to learn as much as you can about a Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA), it is important that you also share that new knowledge with the people around you. How will others know what it means unless you tell them? If friends and family understand what it means to have a child with CMPA, they will be more understanding and hopefully you won't feel pressured into giving up breastfeeding or be given food products containing dairy when you visit for family dinners or lunch dates with friends. Help them understand the difference between an allergy and an intolerance, so they know the difference it can make. Click here to read Intolerance Vs Allergy for more information on the subject.

4. Learn your dairy free swaps.

Everyone has different tastes so you need to find what works for you. Thankfully with the rise of veganism, the number of dairy free products is widening constantly. In fact you will soon find there are lots of choices and you can find a dairy free version of almost anything (Check out my Quick Dairy Free Shopping Guide for some options to get you started). Make sure you choose a fortified milk alternative to help keep your calcium levels up. The closest I found for a good cup of tea was Oatly whole combined with PG Dairy Free teabags and Violife seems to be winning in the cheese alternative department. It is also important to find dairy free versions of your favourite 'treat' food, whether its chocolate, ice-cream, cake or crisps. This will help you keep your sanity, especially if others in your household are still eating dairy. It also helps to find your dairy free swaps for cooking your favourite meals, not everything has to change just because you are dairy free. You will find you can probably eat a similar diet just with a couple of dairy free swaps. This will also help you breastfeed for longer. It is also worth noting you will actually find more options down the normal aisles of the supermarket than the 'free from,' section. Lots of products are naturally dairy free, even some you wouldn't expect, not to mention they are much cheaper than the often overpriced specialist options.

5. Plan your meals

It is always best to be organised and plan meals ahead where possible. Not only does it save money, it also means you won't be caught out on days out. If eating out at a chain restaurant, look up the allergy menu online in advance to see your options. If eating at an independent restaurant, you can contact them by email, phone or, if local, pop in and find out if they can cater for your dietary needs. Know you are safe to eat before you go anywhere where possible, and for those moments you can't always plan ahead, keep dairy free snacks such as cereal bars etc out with you just in case you get stuck while out and about.

Monday, 11 March 2019

What are the Safest Childcare Options for an Allergy Baby?

In three short weeks, my maternity leave will come to an end and I will have to leave Matilda for  four days a week when I return to work. Every Mum knows how scary this step feels when you leave  your baby to once again enter the workforce, but when you add into the mix a baby with an allergy, this fear is heightened. In fact, it is frankly overwhelming. You have spent every minute since your little one was born, nurturing and protecting them, learning everything you can about your child's allergy so that you can keep them safe and healthy. Now you have to trust someone else to take as much care and pay the level of attention to detail as you have, that includes everything from hidden ingredients to cross contamination risk. They were not there in the days before you received your child's diagnosis, they didn't witness the level of suffering your child has gone through. They are not you and nor can they be. Only you can have 'mummy instincts,' for your own child. And so it made me question, what are the safest childcare options for babies with allergies?

Childcare Options for an Allergy Baby

As far as I am aware there are three main childcare options currently available in the UK. In this post, I hope to summarise all of them, highlighting the strengths and drawbacks of each.

1. Family Member

I am very fortunate, as when I had my eldest, my Mum decided to take early retirement so that she could look after my son so that I could return to work. If I wasn't able to look after my son who better than to care for him that my Mum? Two years later, they have a beautiful bond and now he has started Preschool, she will be looking after Matilda when my maternity leave finishes. My Mum is very supportive and although is not as aware of how to manage a Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) in a baby as I am, she wants to learn, and next week we will be sitting down to go through everything. She has also asked for a list of 'safe,' foods (I will be printing off a copy of my Quick Shopping Guide) and a weekly meal planner, which I know she will stick too without fail. It definitely makes that return to work less stressful. Having a family member who is able to cover childcare, even if it is only for a day or two, not only saves on childcare costs, but is also brilliant as they have been on your allergy journey with you, right from the start. They love your child and already have a bond which reassures you that your child will be safe and well looked after. There is not the time restraints of working hours as with other child care options, meaning you can sit down and discuss your child's needs as long as you like, anytime you like and they will follow everything you need/want for your child. Most likely your child will also be looked after 1:1, which greatly reduces the chances of accidental ingestion and cross contamination. It is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to childcare. That said, it only works if the person offering childcare is supportive and understands your child's allergy, if they are not this may not be the greatest of options for you, as it could put strain on your relationship if there are differences of opinion. Another possible drawback, one we found last time round when my Mum look after our son, was that because she looked after him during the week, we felt we couldn't ask her to look after him at any other point and with no other family nearby and our friends also having young families of their own, it meant we didn't have any babysitters if we wanted a date night. However, this was a small price to pay for having such great child care on hand.

2. Childminder

The lovely thing I have always felt about childminders, is that you child will be in a home environment. The quality of childcare can very from childminder to childminder but there are some outstanding childminders out there that provide a first rate experience for you and your child. I think with childminders it is important to find one that is a good 'fit' with your family. You will know as soon as you meet them whether they are right for you. They tend to have a small number of children to look after and all meals are prepared in a home kitchen. It would be easy for them to manage any cross contamination risks and they could provide your child with any dairy free snacks or meals you send or recommend for them. However, one of the drawbacks from having a child minder is that some childminders do not accept the Government 30 hour funding for 2 and 3 year olds. Which, if you are entitled to it, is a massive financial saving. Also, when your childminder books holiday, which can sometimes be in term time, there is no other staff to cover their leave and so you need to either take leave yourself or make other childcare arrangements for that period which can sometimes be difficult.

3. Private or School Based Nursery

Private or School based nurseries provide a very varied and stimulating environment for all children. The large class sizes also mean there are great opportunities for your child to extend their social skills and become more independent. All good and outstanding nurseries will put together a health care plan with you for you child, outlining their allergy and what steps should be taken if accidental ingestion should occur. Unfortunately, I know some people who have not always had the best experience with private or school based nurseries, in regard to allergies, however most should be very accommodating and if not there will be one out there that is. Nearly all private and school based nurseries now accept the 30 hours funding, greatly reducing childcare costs which is an added bonus. However, there are some drawbacks to this childcare option. Firstly, they do usually have a larger number of children, this naturally increases the risk of accidental ingestion as another child could offer your child something containing dairy without an adult seeing, especially as most nurseries deliver milk and fruit during circle time. Even with the best intentions and strategies, it is not possible to watch every child every second of the day and unfortunately, I have known accidents to happen. Also, there is usually a set menu for meals and it maybe harder for them to accommodate your child's needs.


All childcare options come with some element of risk, but if we are completely honest, there is also some risk when we are looking after our child on our own. We are only human after all. We can  make mistakes, especially when sleep deprived. All we can do, is be prepared, educate the people around you the best you can and have faith in all the precautions you have put in place.

What has been your experience of childcare and allergies? Good or bad, let me know. What worked best for your family?

Thursday, 14 February 2019

The Sibling Debate: When one child has a food allergy and the other doesn't

What do you do when one child has food allergies and other child doesn't?

I have a gorgeous 3 year old allergy-free son, with a personality that is larger than life and now a beautiful 9 month old daughter, Matilda, who has a severe cows milk protein allergy. Since Matilda started weaning, my husband and I have often discussed...

 Should we make the whole family dairy free or just keep Matilda dairy free?

At our first paediatric dietitian appointment when Matilda was 6 months, our dietitian said that our whole household would most likely eventually end up dairy free, to which my husbands response was simply, 'no chance.' Myself however, having been on a strict dairy free diet while breastfeeding up to this point, knew it was easily manageable. And thus began our debate.

Should you deny one child because the other cannot have it?

The answer is not straight forward and neither can it be. Every child's allergy is different and so is their type of reaction. In cases where the child reacts when allergens are airborne or by touch than it is without doubt that the allergen needs to be eradicated from the environment. It is never worth the risk.

However, if an allergic reaction occurs when the allergen is ingested, is it easier to control the environment so that an allergic reaction can be avoided?

Matilda only reacts when cows milk is ingested. When we were about to begin weaning, my husband and I had to decide whether we needed to eliminate dairy completely from our household. Up until this point, I had been dairy free breastfeeding and as an adult was able to safely ensure I did not consume any dairy. Then after six months, I made the difficult decision to stop dairy free breastfeeding which you can read about more on my post The End of Dairy Free Breastfeeding: My Experience This meant that my three year old had six months experience of me being dairy free. He was used to offering me food and me responding 'thank you darling, but that has milk in it and milk makes Matilda sick.' He even used to frequently ask me whether the food he had contained milk and on a couple of occasions, including in one very busy restaurant, shouted across at me while I ate, 'MUM YOU CAN'T EAT THAT, IT HAS MILK, YOU WILL MAKE MATILDA SICK.' even long after I stopped breastfeeding! He was very aware and conscious of it. By having those six months of me being dairy free and the discussions that came with it, we felt he was very well prepared for when Matilda started weaning. He has never tried to feed her something without checking with me first and he still asks if something contains milk while I am feeding her. Therefore, we were able to keep dairy in the household for my husband and son to safely consume.

However, the situation is now changing. Matilda started crawling early and is now nearly walking. Her increased mobility has increased the risk factor. It is now no longer safe for my son to eat dairy containing snacks as Matilda will cheekily try to steal it from him, or if he drops a single crumb, she races there at the speed of light attempting to eat it before I remove it from her grasp.  

Our main concern now, is by having dairy containing products in the house, we are creating the risk of her accidentally ingesting it and having a severe reaction. After all mistakes are easily made, especially when we are tired or distracted. I have a severe allergy to penicillin and once managed to accidentally ingested it when my son had been prescribed penicillin for a bad chest infection. One day, as I administered him his dose, a small drop fell on my hand, as I was trying to persuade him to take it. I automatically licked the drip of my hand before realising what I had done. I could have kicked myself, its not something you would do even if you weren't allergic, but the endless sleepless nights from him coughing had clearly affected my ability to think clearly.

And this is where the problem lies. Even with the best intentions and highest level of organisation and 'control,' we are only human. We do make mistakes. Therefore, in keeping food that contains an ingredient that one child is allergic to, does increase the element of risk. And as a mum of a child with allergies, don't we spend all our time striving to eliminate that risk?

Our snacks are therefore, now all dairy free and with Matilda now being at the stage where she can pretty much eat the same as us, our meals are becoming more and more dairy free also. It has been a natural progression for our family. One that at the beginning, we thought would be impossible, but actually hasn't been as big a sacrifice as we first thought. The ever growing vegan population and increased products available has been a great help. One we couldn't be more grateful for. 

It is a tricky one and I don't feel we can judge others for what decision they make for their family and child. As I said earlier, every child's allergy and reaction is different. What works for a baby may not work for a toddler, or again for an older child or even an adult. It is such a minefield, an exhausting one. Just remember, you can only do what you feel is best at the time and somethings, as scary as it is, are just not in our control.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

What happens when CMPA symptoms don't disappear with a dairy free diet?

Three months ago Matilda transitioned from dairy free bottle feeding to an amino-acid based formula and we also began our weaning journey. From day one, she began to wheeze briefly after her bottles, which at the beginning we put down to her just adjusting from breastfeeding to the fast flow of a bottle, but when it continued after a period of time, I began to worry.

This wheezing also occurred after eating some foods, but I just could not determine if it was one particular food setting this off or something else as it did not happen consistently when she ate.

Matilda was also screaming in pain with every bowel movement. It was the same ear piercing scream we experienced early on after she was born, before we discovered her CMPA.

Another symptom that caused me great concern was after feeding Matilda a homemade dairy free tomato and spinach frittata, she developed a rash across her face. It was the first time she had eaten both egg and tomatoes, so one of those must have triggered it.

All of this together gave me the following concerns:
1. Is Matilda allergic to the Neocate formula? She had already had a reaction to the Nutramigen,   could it be happening again? If so, what options do we have left?
2. Does Matilda have other food allergies than just cow milk protein?

So I rang out Paediatric Dietitian's office and left a message with her assistant relaying the issues and concerns we were having. Yesterday, just over a week later, she returned my call.

Firstly, we discuss the concerns over the wheezing after her bottles as well as sometimes after eating. She seemed concerned but reassured me that it could not be the Neocate formula causing this. My dietitian claimed that the chances of a child being allergic to the Neocate are extremely rare and that Neocate was really the last resort option for formula feeding Matilda. Instead she explained to me that sometimes after children with CMPA allergies omit dairy from their diet, they can still experience symptoms and may need referred on to a Paediatric Gastroenterologist. She urged me to make an appointment with my GP and get Matilda checked over and discuss the possibility of a referral.

We then discussed the rash Matilda developed after eating the frittata and both agreed it was most likely the egg that caused the rash. My dietitian urged me to be brave and try Matilda again with egg but have it baked in something and see how she tolerates it. If Matilda reacts again, I need to inform her right away and she would make a referral to the allergy clinic for testing.

Later that day, I took Matilda to see our GP to discuss what the dietitian had said. I had my larger than life three year old with me at the time which if you have ever tried to have any important discussion with a three year old around, you will know how challenging it is. I packed a box of snacks, including a chocolate reindeer he had left over from Christmas for bribery and set off on our short walk to our local doctors' surgery. We were half way there when my darling three year old screams 'I need a poo.' I should know by now this always happens at the most inconvenient of times, so we rushed back home, did his business and set off again. Luckily, I am obsessed with time keeping and had allowed half an hour for a ten minute walk.

I felt a massive sense of relief when I walked into the duty doctors office and saw which doctor it was. We have meet with this doctor before regarding Matilda's allergy and he was brilliant, some of the other doctors unfortunately were not always as supportive and knowledgeable as he was, but today we were in luck. My dietitian had already sent him an instant message detailing what we had discussed during our earlier phone call which made life so much easier. While my three year old worked his way through his bribery stash, we discussed my concerns and he examined Matilda and was in agreement with our dietitian. Egg was to be removed from our diet and to gradually try and challenge her with foods that had egg baked in them. The wheezing he concluded was done to silent reflux, making it hard for her to catch her breath sometimes while eating and drinking, and the painful bowel movements he put down to colic. We were the prescribed Ranitidine to be taken twice a day to relieve these symptoms but if nothing improved, we had to return and would be referred to the Paediatric Gastroenterologist. 

Just when I thought we were getting into the swing of things with the dairy free diet, we are thrown a curveball. We will follow the medical advice and proceed with what was proposed. Fingers crossed it all works out...

Sunday, 3 February 2019

My Quest to find the Perfect Dairy Free Cheese

So I am on a mission to bake the perfect dairy free cheese scone. Cheese scones are a family weakness. We just love them. My three year old especially adores them and they soon became our go to snack while on the go when he was younger. There are so many reasons why cheese scones are a fantastic snack for young children. On top of being utterly delicious, they:

- are easy and quick to make using ingredients you usually already have in your home.
- they don't squish or fall apart in a lunch box or sandwich bag so are easy to transport.
- they fit into little hands easily and do not slip out, so are perfect for eating on the go in a pushchair.
- they are rather filling as well as being super tasty when served either hot or cold.

Therefore, despite Matilda's milk allergy, I really wanted to find a way of making them for her. I decided the best way to start was to simply swap the dairy products in my usual family recipe for dairy alternatives. I swapped cows milk for Oatly whole and tried the Violife block instead of my normal cheddar cheese. Here are the results...

Although they passed the Matilda taste test, I wasn't 100% satisfied. They were a little drier than normal and the flavour was very mild. She was happy with them but I wanted something that had more flavour for her, especially as I hoped I could convince the dairy eaters in our household to switch over to the dairy free option. It just wouldn't do. I needed to try again.

I had read recommendations about Tesco's Free From Mature Cheddar having a good strong flavour so decided to give that a go in my next batch. I once again followed my family recipe, swapped the Violife cheese for the Tesco alternative and just increased the dairy free butter alternative by 10g. This time round the consistency was much better, they were not dry like the previous batch and they did smell very cheesy. Great I thought, this is it! Oh how wrong was I. They were hideous and tasted of sick. The Tesco Free From Mature Cheddar just did not work for this recipe. The last lot may have only had a delicate flavour but at least they were easily edible. I couldn't make it past one bite of these ones. The kids however, including my very opinionated three year old, enjoyed them. But despite the children enjoying them, I am just not satisfied.

Overall, the Violife gave a better taste but was just not strong enough to make it taste cheesy. Both cheeses even when grated finely, did not melt fully or blend in with the rest of the mixture, making it a little lumpy in places. My quest continues...

I may have only tried two different cheese alternatives so far and I am not ready to give up on my dream of the perfect dairy free cheese scone, but it has made me there really a good dairy free alternative to cheese?

Our dietician told us there wasn't and just to avoid them as they were all disgusting. But with the rise of veganism, there must be the perfect non-dairy cheese out there somewhere for us.

So I was wondering, have you found your perfect dairy free cheese? If so let me know!

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Switching from breastfeeding to formula with a CMPA baby: My Experience

In my post The End of Dairy Free Breastfeeding: My Experience, I discuss how I came to the decision to stop breastfeeding Matilda and the emotions of making such a big change. 

Once the decision was made, I had to determine how I was going to do this. My GP advised me to make the change gradually, increasing the volume of extensively hydrolysed formula each day. I was to start with one feed per day and gradually increase it every few days. 

Matilda had always happily taken expressed breastmilk from a bottle without hesitation so I thought switching from breast to bottle would be easy. I soon found out I thought wrong!

Day 1, I excitedly made up her first bottle, cradled Matilda in my arms and offered it to her. She just looked up at me with her big blue eyes and kept her mouth tightly shut. Maybe she wasn't hungry. So I wait until she showed signs of needing a feed and tried again. This time she screamed at me! What was wrong? Whenever I offered her a bottle of breastmilk she would grab it excitedly and gulp down the whole bottle without coming up for air. Matilda was so worked up, I knew it just wasn't going to happen today, so I put the bottle aside and feed her at breast. She calmed down, fed happily and fell asleep. It's ok, it was just the first try, I would try again tomorrow.

The next day however was no different and I ended up breastfeeding her again after another failed attempt. Was I giving in too easily? Is weaning her off breast really the right decision? I decided to do my research. The first formula we were prescribed was Nutramigen and if you have ever smelt it, you will know it has a very unpleasant stench. Kind of like wet peeled potatoes. Maybe it was the smell putting her off. I read about other mums' experience of using Nutramgien and there were several things they commonly recommended to try which they had found worked.

These were:
1. Mixing small amounts of the formula into breastmilk and gradually increasing the amount of    formula in mixture until it consists of formula only.
2. To add a small amount of vanilla essence to the formula to make it sweeter like breastmilk and to help mask the smell. 
3. Completely withhold breastfeeding until they were hungry enough to take it.
4.  'Dream feed,' the formula while they slept to get them used to the taste.

The first option made the most sense, so I started there. I mixed 1oz of formula with 6oz of breastmilk and offered it to her. It was such a small amount of formula I was sure she would take it. But once again she refused. I tried this method a couple more times but will no success. It was time to try option two. 

I didn't like the idea of adding vanilla essence to the formula. I was concerned that it would give Matilda a sweet tooth but I needed to try something different and a lot of mums had claimed they had great success with this method. So I cautiously added one small drop of vanilla to her formula bottle. It certainly made it smell better. Maybe this was it...or maybe not! Once again Matilda just wasn't interested. This time she had attempted to try the bottle, but after one taste, she turned away grimacing. It was progress I suppose and maybe one that would have worked if I had continued to try but in the end I decided just to try another tactic. 

The idea of completely withholding breastfeeding until the baby is so hungry they would take it, didn't sit easy with me. I had seen Matilda is pain and discomfort when she was reacting to the cows' milk protein in my breastmilk and I couldn't bare the thought of her in any kind of distress again. So I decided to skip this step and move straight on to the final suggestion...dream feeding!

I waited until the evening, Matilda had been breastfeed before going down to bed and was due to wake up within the hour for her next feed. I made up the bottle of Nutramigen and gently pressed it against her lips. To my surprise, and relief, she began to suck. Result! She managed 2oz before she fully woke and refused any more. I then breastfeed her to finish off her feed and she gently dozed back off. I was so happy to find something that worked. Unfortunately, as I have mentioned before,  Matilda had a reaction to the Nutramigen, which apparently is very rare and we had to move onto Neocate, an Amino Acid based formula. (For more information on formula options for babies with CMPA see my page Bottle Feeding Dairy Free: Formula Options)

The new formula still had a slight smell but it was nothing compared to the Nutramigen. I decided to keep with the dream feeding tactic and within a couple of days Matilda was happily taking her bottles while she was awake without any ill effects. I continued to combination feed until we were both ready to fully stop breastfeeding. She now is completely bottle fed, happy, healthy and meeting above and beyond her milestones.

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