Your baby has Cows Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) and you have been prescribed an extensively hydrolysed or amino acid based formula…. but they smell and taste disgusting and your baby refuses to take them!
Even if you breastfeed your baby, you might want to have the option for an occasional formula feed, or need to stop breastfeeding on return to work. If your baby is under one year of age, they will need to be prescribed an extensively hydrolysed or amino acid based formula.
We found these tips and tricks helped us:
- These formula milks are the opposite to a fine red wine – they are most palatable without any opportunity to ‘breathe’. The majority of the sensation of taste is actually determined by smell. So serve them cold straight out of the fridge, when they smell the least. We used a freezer pack to transport milk around to keep it cold.
- If baby refuses the milk from a bottle, from 6 months of age, try a sippy cup instead.
- Try to add a different flavour, such as vanilla, golden syrup, agave, or honey (from 1 year of age), or Nesquick flavoured milk powder which surprisingly is dairy free. Once your baby is established on the formula milk, you can slowly reduce the added flavour enhancer until they no longer need it.
- Once over a year of age, we found mixing the formula powder with a chilled dairy free milk alternative such as coconut milk was the most palatable.
- Introduce these formula milks as early as possible, when the babies are most likely to be receptive.
Once your baby is over 1 year of age, instead of formula milk they can drink any of the dairy free milks, such as nut based (almond or hazelnut), coconut, or oat based. To increase calcium intake it is best to use the fortified versions of these milks which contain additional calcium. However, some children with multiple allergies will still require the additional calories of formula milk after the age of 1 year, and in this situation, we found adding the formula powder to chilled coconut was most palatable.
There are lots of different brands of sippy/feeder cup. The ones we got on the most were the Haberman anywayup cow cup and the Munchkin 360 Miracle cup.
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