Best formula for breastfed lactose intolerant baby...?

Sarh - posted on 02/04/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have to start weaning my almost 8m old son, I have an auto immune disease and I have to start taking my weekly Enbrel Injections and other pain medication which my dr refuses to allow me to take while nursing even though Enbrel is a Class B.
My questions is, which formula is the closest to breast milk, but wont affect his tummy. He is lactose intolerant just as daddy and my MIL are. He also still has some reflux symptoms or what not. Currently when he is with gamma for a few hours for my fiancee and I to have dinner or go to a movie he is drinking Similar Sensitive for lactose sensitivity, fussiness and gas. He seems to do fine on it, but he only have about 8oz once a month. Also, it is REALLY foamy, I don't see how that is okay for a sensitive tummy... I'm afraid he wont do as good if he is consuming more of it. I plan to slowly wean him so that he is completely weaned by 12m, but then comes the problem of him not being able to have cows milk. I don't want him on a soy based formula or milk.
Soy contains something very similar/close to Estrogen which makes soy bad for boys to consume too much of... if he is put onto a formula that is soy based or milk with soy, I'm afraid he will get too much soy.
He doesn't go back to the doctor until his 9m well-check which isn't until March 4th. I could call the pediatricians office and speak to a nurse, but I wanted to first see if there are any mom's on here who went through the same thing.

Thanks in advanced!

**Just a side note, I'm not ready to wean him, but I have to for my own health, I don't exactly know how I'm still functioning and I am having problems with both of my eyes, possibly an infection which could be caused by my Ankylosing Spondylitis. We struggled in the beginning with his lactose intolerance, reflux, and since I became pregnant I've struggled with pain, but I'm obviously not too worried about myself. I just want to be able to take my medication to be able to play with both of my children more, I was barely able to finish doing a puzzle with my daughter, I can't carry/hold my 8m old for long, and I can't do house chores that NEED to be done and drive me crazy.

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Serena - posted on 02/05/2011

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gerber good start gentle in the orange is non-milk based and not soy. Soy is horrible for babies, so try and stay away from it if you can.

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Autumn - posted on 02/07/2011

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My 1st was on similic sensitive because of the same problems and with a doctor's note wic will give it to you

Lisa - posted on 02/07/2011

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My second son was such a handful i didnt get more than 5mins sleep a night... There are so many different ones for babies with those problems just look around and read the labels. I had to try so many and he didnt suits any.... Was such a happy moment for me when he started eating solids! Speak to ur doctor about zantac it is amazing for babies with reflux. Before he started taking zantac he never kept a bottle down and was having atleast 10 bottles a day due to bringing them back up. I was lost and i had tried sooo many different things and then when i gave him zantac he wasnt cured but he slept better and kept alot more of his milk down.

Michelle - posted on 02/06/2011

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My little boy is Lactose Intolerant and has reflux problems and i have him on a formula from Cow and Gate call Pepti Junior which has made a massive improvement on his problems. He still gets windy and a little bit of tummy pain - but don't we all! He's now 9mths old and has been on this formula since about 2mths; as he's only Lactose Intollerant rather than has a Milk Allergy my dietician (who is a Ped Dietician at Great Ormand St Hosp) recommended that we slowly introduce cows milk at this stage and see how he reacts to it - obviously there are guidelines as how to do this and its too much to type here, i can email you them seperately if you'd like however.
She also said not to give babies Soya Milk due to the Estrogen in it although it seems that some doctors don't know this yet!!?
There is one more formula you could try called Neonate (i believe) that is also meant to be fantastic for Lactose Intolerant babies,
Good Luck, let us know how you get on!

Dawn - posted on 02/05/2011

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Similac Sensitive is what we used for my little girl. My daughter also had lactose sensitivity and acid reflux. My sister-in-law also recommended Good Start. They are both excellent.

Sarh - posted on 02/05/2011

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Goats milk just seems weird to me. To far out of the ordinary I guess.
Serena, thank you! Finally someone who knows soy is bad for babies, but especially for boys. My family says no it's not and I'm just making it up. I'll take a look at the Gerber Good Start Gentle, that will work out because if we do go for WIC again they will cover that. Do you know if the Good Start Gentle is real foamy after you shake it/mix it?! I just don't see how that could be good for a sensitive tummy.

Jemma - posted on 02/05/2011

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hi, my 1st son was the same but he could tolerate goats milk....strange i know but i am now giving my 2nd a few bottles of the goats milk formula....it is much more gentle on their stomaches,,,,i've had alot of allergie prob wuth my 1st! i'm slowly typing this with one hand, my baby is being a bit demanding this morning, if u want to talk more about what has worked for me sent me a msg and i'll have a better chat! x

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