She was wrong…

The Starbucks barista was wrong…  According to their website, java chips contain milk. And thus Nadia has been screaming for hours. 

This is so hard. I just want to give up and feed her hypoallergenic formula. And I normally have nothing against formula. But the first ingredient in this ‘special’ stuff is corn syrup solids. Can you really grow a tiny human on corn syrup??

Ugh. 

11 thoughts on “She was wrong…

  1. Ugh, I feel your pain. My baby is fussy too. Breastfeeding is so hard and I know everyone says it’s easier than bottles but I think those people don’t have more than one child OR they have loads of help so that they can just sit and nurse without other demands happening. Anyway, I don’t have help but if I could, I would. I mean, we could but we aren’t in the same financial situation as you. So, I truly would get another part time helper if I were you. Not a full nanny but some extra help. Also, what about meal delivery service? That’s something I’m considering so I don’t have to worry about being responsible for everything

    Hang in there!

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  2. You can do it! I had to go dairy free while breastfeeding, too. It sucks, but you do get used to it–and it’s only temporary. I was able to reintroduce dairy around 6 months (probably 6 mos adjusted in your case. Most chocolate contains milk unless it’s really dark chocolate. Oreos are dairy-free! Pizza without cheese isn’t terribly exciting, but it’s certainly edible–just get lots of toppings. You’ll get used to scouring web sites for nutrition info on your favorite things. And when you’re grocery shopping, if an item contains dairy, it’s clearly spelled out with the allergy warnings. It’ll say, “Contains: Dairy.” Hang in there. You’ll get the hang of it.

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    1. I have so much respect for moms who gave up dairy to breastfeed. I need to post an update, but it looks like I won’t be giving up dairy or trying to breastfeed Nadia anymore. I’m sad, but I think I’m coming to terms with her allergy and our decision to go with formula.

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  3. It’s so hard nursing/pumping when your baby is allergic to dairy. The torture they endure from what to us seemed a minute lapse is agony for both. My body grew abhorrent to dairy in its 20 month absence while I nursed the MT – it causes my throat to swell, itch and burn now. Makes me wonder how it could possibly have been “good for me” to begin with. But anyway. I write in empathy. It’s hard. I’m sorry. It doesn’t get easier for quite a while. But you will figure it out. And I’m pretty sure there is some German formula that doesn’t have cows milk or loads of corn syrup and doesn’t smell like puke. That’s my biggest objection to most formula. Why does it have to smell like vomit? I thought it was Holle but that’s goats milk and some kids can’t do that either. Sorry my brain is fried and I can’t remember.

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  4. Here’s the way I see it, millions if not billions or trillions of children around this world have been thriving because of formula for as long as its been around. Also, most people our age were formula fed because BFing wasn’t the norm back then and we all turned out ok (generally speaking). And I’m sure you know first hand from your own NICU experience that most babies there are put on formula. Formula wouldn’t be used in places like the NICU if it wasn’t safe. I know that looking at the ingredient list is overwhelming, but again, why does it exist if it’s not safe? I say all this as a Mom who breastfed twins for 9 months, had enough pumped milk to get them to 10 months, and then supplemented with formula until the WCM switch. I am so so grateful formula exists. My tiny humans are healthy and thriving and once we transitioned to milk I never thought about formula again. The only time I even think about their time using formula is when I have a conversation like this. I think we as mothers get so caught up with the pressures of being the perfect mom that breast feeds and then moves on to organic everything and blah blah blah, but at the end of the day it’s exhausting and adds so much unnecessary stress to our lives. And you know what, all that stress and hard work becomes moot when your kid decides they’ll only eat yogurt and chicken tenders. (Or whatever other weird thing your toddler decides to fixate on) And then you question why you put yourself through hell as they eat day old food off the floor. If formula is the solution to her discomfort and your stress as a new Mom of two then go for it. Fed is best. Whatever you decide, it’s what’s best for you and your family and that’s all that matters. Sorry for the novel, just wanted you to have some support and not feel so guilty.

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