Formula question for those w/new babies...

Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 12:14am
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For those of you who have a PA child and then have had a baby, have you used a special formula to try to help prevent allergies? I want to use enfamil lipil, but I just read something that said I should use nutramigen, or something along those lines. Any help appreciated [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 12:23am
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I never spoke to my allergist, only to the ped office(triage nurse) about this. I aksed, when we began some supplementing. We decided to assume no allergy, unless there seemed to be a problem. We gave regular similac. However, it became apparent that ds has dairy sensetivity. He would have been exposed through my milk regardless, but flared ramatically at 5 weeks after a 3 ounce formula feeding, the most he ever accepted.
We now use Alimentum as a supplement. Both the ped and allergist recommended that after his skin flared.
Might be worth asking your allergist directly before trying anything.
BTW, my insurance pays for it 100%!! becca
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Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 12:43am
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My PA DS took milk based formula without any problems, and I didnt stick to any particular formula, just all milk based. He has eczema on his feet and always has, but the Elidel helped him for a while. His eczema seems to be worse since I took him off formula. I thought maybe he had a milk allergy, so I gave him soy milk for a while and it didnt seem to affect his eczema, so I switched back to whole milk.
I've never used Nutrimigen...we've always have success with the basic formulas. Nutrimigen is terribly, terribly, [i]terribly[/i] expensive...$20+/can where Enfamil and Similac are about $12/can and store brand formulas are about $7/can. I dont know that my insurance would have covered it if we'd had needed it.
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Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 3:42am
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Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 4:28pm
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I breastfed all three of my boys and supplemented them with formula. Son#1 had Enfamil. At the time, I didn't think or know about milk or food allergies as food allergies didn't run in the families.
When our second son came along with lots of allergies, we got a crash course on allergies. I tried to avoid the food he was allergic to since I was breastfeeding. For his formula, he used Nutramagin. And, looking back on the symptoms of son#1 (lots of ear infections, runny stools, lots of gas), I honestly think he had a milk allergy.
When son#3 came, I figured milk allergies run in our family. So, I avoided milk-based formulas. Since son#2 had so many allergies, I went straight for the Nutramagin for son#3. I also avoided the soy-based formulas as son#2 originally had a soy allergy (he eventually outgrew) and because I had read about how the estrogen in soy isn't a good thing to be giving to boys.
Hope this helps. Julie B.

Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 4:38pm
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P.S. Nutramagin IS expensive but our Wal-Mart sold it for less than $18 a can -- much cheaper than ordering it from the pharmacy at a grocery store. Since I was supplementing, I didn't go through as much formula as if my boys were 100% formula fed. However, I believe you can order it by the case direct from the manufacturer or online to lower its cost.
Another thing. I did check with my son's allergist when I was pregnant and he advised a cautious approach for son#3. The bottom line...it's all in what YOU are comfortable with as a mother. Good luck. Julie B.

Posted on: Sun, 05/16/2004 - 7:32pm
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I'm using Neocate to supplement breastfeeding because son #1 had milk allergy, I'm just trying to be cautious and was advised to do so by a pediatric allegist.
I figured it was worth to try it since it was also discussed in the issue of the New England Journal of Medicine on June 2003 in which there is an extensive publication on food allergy and prevention of onset.

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 2:36am
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Quote:Originally posted by nicolimom:
[b]For those of you who have a PA child and then have had a baby, have you used a special formula to try to help prevent allergies? I want to use enfamil lipil, but I just read something that said I should use nutramigen, or something along those lines. Any help appreciated [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]
I have a PA son (3 this month) and a 5 month old daughter. I am using enfamil lipil on the recommendation of our ped, who is familiar with our sons PA. I haven't heard anything about using nutramigen due to the other child's food allergy.
If you come across that article, please post.

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 3:19am
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I don't know where to fing the article online, but I will copy the relevent statement from the article:
child magazine, june-july issue pg 78
At the bottom of an article about soy formula it says
'If you or close relatives have peanut allergies, your child is more susceptible to developing them , so you should either breastfeed or try Nutrimigen or Alimentum in the first 12 months. Breastfeeding moms shouldn't eat peanuts, and all parents should avoid using creams on themselves or their babies that contain peanut oil, as this is assosiated with peanut allergies in children.'

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 4:42am
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