Hypoallergenic formulas are used in the management of infants and children with cow’s milk protein allergy and are therefore used for medical purposes only.
These formulas have been produced in such a way that they do not contain cow’s milk. Nutritionally they are formulated to meet an infant’s requirements for satisfactory growth and development and because they are free from cow’s milk, they assist to treat symptoms related to an allergy to cow’s milk and other allergies.
There are two types of hypoallergenic formulas available:
- Extensively Hydrolysed Formula (contains small chains of protein)
- Amino Acid Formula (contains the building blocks of protein)
The best choice of hypoallergenic formula to use in infants with symptoms of a cow’s milk protein allergy is determined by an infant’s symptoms, growth and age. Therefore it’s important to seek specialist advice first before you start feeding.
The challenge can be the palatability since hypoallergenic formulas taste very different to standard infant formula.
In my experience of working with now more than 5000 babies with milk allergy I feel these tips help to overcome the initial resistance.
Top Tips for Starting your Baby on a Hypoallergenic Formula:
Slow Introduction: For an infant over 6 months of age it can be a bit of a struggle to start a hypoallergenic formula. In this case, try to mix one part of the hypoallergenic formula with three parts of the standard formula. (If your baby has severe symptoms then you must start them on a cow’s milk free formula as soon as possible and therefore a slow introduction may need to be overlooked).
Positive Introduction: Despite the smell, appearance or taste make sure you present the feed in a positive way. Show and sound excited about feeding because your baby will mimic your attitude and behaviour.
Mastery Introduction: Try not to feed your baby the specialised formula when they are upset or anxious since it could make matters worse. Timing is everything, so ensure you feed your baby when they are happy and hungry.
So how do you know if you baby suffers with cow’s milk protein allergy?
Download ‘My Baby’s Self-Assessment’ here
The questions are useful to help you think more about your baby’s symptoms and thereby empower you for when you speak to a professional such as your GP or dietitian for further help and advice.
If you want immediate help and advice then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +447825750040. I provide immediate help including diagnosis and the appropriate prescription of a hypoallergenic formula if deemed appropriate.
If you are breastfeeding, then I will help you to eliminate the food(s) triggering symptoms in your baby and at the same time making sure your diet and nutrition is optimal for you and your baby’s healthy development.
Please note that this information neither is medical advice, nor is it meant to replace the advice of your doctor or dietitian and I assume no liability for the use or misuse of this information.