is Nutramegin formula safe for babies with milk protein allergy/intolerance?

Veronica - posted on 03/14/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 weeks old and has been diagnosed with reflux and a milk protein I am currently only BF but have to go back to work soon. I have milk saved up but will not be able to pump while working. I plan to nurse morning and night but will need formula for the days. Currently my diet is dairy and soy free. The pediatrician gave me a list of what to avoid and anything contaiining caesin is on it. She also said to use Nutramegin but I am nervous because I see there is caesin in it. Any other thoughts or experience with this?

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Kristi - posted on 03/18/2012

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My son is now 1 year old, but was diagnosed with severe colitis at 12 weeks due to the dairy protein allergy. We tried many over the counter hypoallergenic formulas, including the one you mention, and nothing seemed to work. If you continue to notice the same symptoms, you might look into EleCare. We went to a Pediatric GI Specialist to get this prescription based formula and it has been our godsend! Took about a week for all symptoms to subside. Its about $400 a month, but with a letter of medical necessity from your pediatrician, the law says insurance MUST cover the cost. I hope this helps. I know exactly where you are and trying all the formulas after going through the emotional debate to stop nursing is very difficult, especially if nothing seems to be helping.



~ I'm sure you have been told this before, but the analogy of a freight train of proteins was very helpful for us. Breast milk and regular formula are like your standard 30 car train, where hypoallergenic formulas are like a train with 3-4 cars attached and the prescription based formulas are 1 train at a time. They break the proteins down to be easily absorbed and digested, 1 at a time. ~

Lori - posted on 03/14/2012

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That's a good question. I'm curious about this too. Their label says it's "A hypoallergenic formula proven to manage colic due to cow's milk allergy.....Nutramigen with Enflora LGG has hypoallergenic proteins that are easy to digest and so small the body does not recognize them as a potential allergen."



But under ingredients it lists "Casein Hydrolysate(from milk) 17%.



Hmmmmmm..........

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