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Sep 18, 2009
Kody's EGD results
Kody's gi called today and said that all the biopsies were normal. He told us that he has outgrown his milk protein sensitivity and told us to go to regular formula. He didn't explain to us why he thinks he's outgrown his sensitivity just by his biopsies so I'm hoping for some insight on this. This would be why we're switching to a new gi because this one doesn't explain to us what's going on and is so all over the place on things. He also told us that since he's so busy that a letter would have been sent to us telling us that it was normal but since we called to get the results that he decided to call us back. EERRGG!

I have one more question about switching to another formula. We've been on nutramigen for almost a month now and he seems to be doing well on it. The gi told us to try it for a month and when he does fine on that switch to another formula like sensitive or carnation. Well, I'm afraid to switch him with him doing well right now but my husband and I are tired of paying so much for formula. What would be suggestions to see if he can handle regular formula? If he doesn't do well with it then I definitely will switch back but how do I go about the switch. Just substitute one feeding with the new formula? Help on this would be so appreciated.

Sep 19, 2009
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
there is something a cell produces when it is allergic to something, (which is probably why the GI thinks he is okay to go to milk) this is not always the case with intolerance though. Some GIs believe in intolerance and others seem like they do not. whether or not the science is there to prove it, if he does better OFF milk, keep him off.

the only real way to see if he will do okay on milk formula is to give it to him for a trial period, like 2 weeks or less of only that formula you will usually know within a day or 2 if he is going to do alright. if you give him a bottle here and there it may not give you a good indication on whether or not he will tolerate it well since 1) switching formula is hard on any baby. OR 2)he may be able to tolerate a little bit of milk protein but not a days worth of milk formula.

that being said i have read about other moms who have done a bottle daily and weaned up to it and done just fine too. but it seems like the switching process is longer and the results are not as favorable. But it just depends on how you think kody will handle it and how comfortable you are with switching him. good luck- i hope for your sanity and wallet you can switch!
Sep 19, 2009
Ryan was born May 20th 2008. 9 lbs 2 oz. Ryan’s magic bullet was 30mg of Prevacid capsules mixed with Caracream from Marci-kids (I am forever indebted to the team at Marci-kids), Claratin for the mucos, and Mirlax for the constipation. Within 2 months of this combo he jumped from the 6% to the 50% for weight and continues to climb. Be strong, listen to your instincts. Read his story for more specifics that just might help you too - Karen
It would like Kody is going better now than he has since he was born. If that is the case I would leave things as they are. The extra cost of the formula is worth your sanity. If nothing else give yourself a few more weeks for reprieve then try the Simliac Sensative. I think you owe yourself a break. When do you see your new GI. You could ask her when you see her next.
Sep 19, 2009
Thanks Kat and Karen! I think that I jinxed myself when I said how good Kody was doing. His teething has reared it's ugly head again so we're back to refluxing, not sleeping and being picky about his eating. We're hoping this will pass soon. It seems like when we think that we're going really good and things are looking up we're back to square one again. So frustrating as I'm sure all of you know. I'm holding off on the switch to formula at least until we get through this rough spot.

We don't see the new gi for a while. The new gi did tell us to go by Kody's cues. So if he does well on one formula over another then stay with it. When my dh heard we didn't need to be on expensive formula he was totally excited. I wasn't so much because we're going good now. If it ain't broke don't fix it is my way of thinking right now, lol. Right now we're sleep deprived again and trying to work through this teething stuff once again. Never ending teething! Thanks!

Sep 19, 2009
Strong, Beautiful, daughter who is thriving beyond imagination and a healthy, happy 3 year old.
Meggy didn't tolerate any infant formula for long, but she did best of Good start. Hope u find something that works.
Sep 20, 2009
This is our dd, Alessandra. Dx with GER 10/07. Ran the gamut with meds and now done with them (crossed fingers). Using magnesium, probiotics and prebiotic supplements. With the exception of teething and general sassy attitude, all is well now. They really CAN grow out of it!
For the formula, when I wanted to try Good Start, I tried an ouce at a time - ie, each feeding for a few days would have 1 oz GS and the rest Nutram. After 2-3 days, it was 2 oz GS. And so on. Once she was at about 75%GS, I just finished up the rest of the Nutram and went fully GS.

There may be a few GI signs (diarrhea, gas) for the first few days, but that's normal and not a sign of distress.

Sep 20, 2009
adelines mom
we had adeline on alimentum for months. i will never forget the smell of her throw up from that!!! on my own, did some research and switched to Nestle's Good Start Supreme in the purple can. Felt like i was jumping off a cliff. have never been so scared in my life. she did really well! this only comes in a powder and it does NOT contain DHA. started her 6:30 a.m bottle and didn't look back. she is still refluxing, but i think it was a good thing. tried to switch her to an organic formula about two months ago and she started throwing her guts up, so knew that was not going to work. she is almost 16 months and we are still doing 5 bottles a day, 5 ounces per bottle plus solids twice a day.
Sep 20, 2009
Ginger Bennett
Mom to Stanton, 6/12/2008
dx with GERD at 7 weeks. dx with EE at 21 months
Past Life - Early Intervention Specialist and Eval Team Member
We too rode the formula roller coaster and it is not a fun journey. We were able to switch gradually to Nestle Good Start. I get coupons off eBay all the time for it. We are now using God Start 2 with the extra immunity and I've seen a big difference in his congestion.
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