"I found that it is common to suffer a milk allergy of some type when suffering from reflux."
The first few months were very difficult. I was not only a first-time mum, but I was also a single parent trying to navigate through the minefield that is having a newborn baby.
My son was a very fussy baby. He only settled when he was being held, he didn’t nap for very long during the day, he was very uncomfortable after a feed (more so in the evening) and he never slept through the night.
After a couple of months and having exhausted every colic remedy, I realised that my son had Silent Reflux and through medication, his symptoms began to get better.
Unfortunately, not all of his symptoms cleared up. He was still very uncomfortable after a feed, his nappy was very runny (I thought this was just what babies nappies were like) and he woke up crying in pain during the night. I am lactose intolerant myself and after doing a little research, I found that it is common to suffer a milk allergy of some type when suffering from reflux. The most common is CMP (cows milk protein allergy) with lactose intolerance being less likely.
This meant another trip to the doctors who prescribed him Nutramigen formula as an alternative to regular formula. After a couple of days, he was still suffering and being a little sicky so we returned to the doctor who then prescribed him Aptamil Lactose-Free formula. We were also referred to a dietician to make sure he wouldn’t be lacking in any nutrient as a result of removing lactose from his diet.
As my son has grown into a toddler, we are currently trying him on the milk ladder, as it would appear that some products contain more dairy than others and it’s all about finding out what he can tolerate. So far he seems to be ok with most products, but I have to be careful not to give him more than one or two things that contain lactose as I notice almost immediately that his symptoms return.
The dietician said that babies can grow out of being lactose intolerant so I am hopeful that the more he tries, the less intolerant he will be until he no longer needs to be concerned about it.
When my daughter started daycare, I spent a lot of time trying to find the right fit for her and our family. I did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. Over and over again though, the answer to my question would come back the same, "she'll be fine."
I want hours upon hours of delicious sleep followed by hot cups of tea, reading my book and nothingness. But I'll have to get up now to comfort, feed, clean, dress, entertain, love, laugh, play, and repeat.