We had Kylie tested for allergies and discovered she is severely allergic to not only milk protein (we knew) but also corn. While the milk is hydrolized in the Nutramigen, it still contains corn. This explains the fussy feedings - the milk/corn were hurting her stomach.
The allergist recommended Neocate but I wanted to see if she could tolerate the Alimentum Ready-to-Feed first as it is the only formula without corn syrup solids (it has tapioca solids instead).
She did amazing on the Alimentum RTF for about a week, but then the old fussy feeding behavior started to come back. Last night, when she cried with her bedtime bottle, arched her back, and pushed away, I decided it was finally time to switch to Neocate.
It's expensive and it tastes terrible, but as of this morning she'd drank 2 bottles of it without fussing. She did pull away a few times because (obviously) it's disgusting, but she took it. Thank goodness! I sent it with her to daycare today and I hope she will continue to drink it.
We put off trying the Neocate because it's extremely expensive and tastes so bad. I was hoping she'd be able to tolerate the Alimentum, which is hydrolized but not elemental. Clearly she really needs elemental.
I live in Texas and according to my research a new law (HB 2000) went into effect in January of this year requiring insurance companies to reimburse for elemental formula when it's medically necessary. We have started the claim process...