My little girl turned 2 just over a week ago now and she was diagnosed with CMPA from being 4 weeks old. It wasn’t really too my surprise as I had the same allergy as a child and strange as it sounds I just new when the symptoms appeared. Professionals tried telling me it couldn’t possibly be that as I was breastfeeding and it’s less common to get a diagnosis or symptoms when breastfeeding but they did further tests and trials to find out it was infact CMPA.
I’d always wanted to breastfeed so I wasn’t about to give up that easily, we had appointments with a dietitian who explained if I wanted to carry on feeding her myself I would need to cut out all food products with cows milk in. I explained I wanted to do whatever it took, so they gave me a little pack with common foods with cows milk in, a list with other wording used on jars, packets and boxes which meant milk to look out for. I found it much easier than I thought, but I think my such strong willpower came from knowing I was giving my baby the best I possibly could and she was starting to feel so much better. Unfortunately as time went on I started to really struggle with my weight, I lost massive amounts due to cutting cows milk out to the point I ended up officially underweight… I was just 7 stone at one point and boy did I look it. I was referred to the diatition to help me gain weight but nothing seemed to work, it seemed I needed the dairy. So I decided after discussions with our health visitor, my own dietitian and my dr I would slowly start to wean Ella onto hypoallergenic formula (neonate lcp) which was prescribed for her and combination feed her.
When she got to 10 months old and got her first few teeth I stopped breastfeeding as I needed get my weight back up to a healthy size and maintain it! I also felt it was naturally the right time to stop. I was told by many professionals I’d done an amazing job, something many peoole wouldn’t and I never felt pressured to carry on at any time.
My daughter still suffers from CMPA now unfortunately but we have learnt to adapt, there’s so many fantastic alternatives out there now and she loves them all! What gets me through is she doesn’t know any different and loves soya yogurts and milk free chocolate, there’s even sauces like tikka masala you can buy without cows milk. Asda, tesco and morrisons all do some fantastic ‘free from ranges’
I’m hoping as time goes on my little girl will start to grow out of it, but for now we will keep working our way up that milk ladder 💜👧🏼I thought I’d do this post to reach out to other parents that have a child with CMPA, I’ll share all my advise with you on my blog and your welcome to share any in my comments.