Okay, okay, we ALL know the answer to this question. It is after all its pounded into our brains by the health district and society in general. We all know that if you can breast is best. Now having said that I started Eli on formula today. Why? Well I'm glad you asked. Today was yet another doctors appointment to try to figure out this skin problem that he has. "Extremely severe eczema" is what the pediatrician calls it. Cause: Allergies. But what could a baby who is exclusively breast fed be allergic to? Apparently it is possible to be allergic to the protein in their mothers milk. Or possibly something I am eating. He is betting on the protein. So with formula no other food will be getting in, we know whats in it. He gave us a special hypo-allergenic formula that breaks down the protein. If that doesn't work we try another one that breaks it down even more. Many of you know that I too have fairly bad eczema. He kept asking me what I am allergic too because maybe that would give us a hint as to what Eli is allergic too, and I kept saying I really don't know. So I am going to ask my doctor to send me for allergy testing, I know it could take a while, but they won't do it on a baby and its worth a shot.
Eli is NOT at all happy about this formula idea the first feeding went REALLY bad. I am persistent however and by the second feed he actually took it really well. (He wasn't as hungry this time, so a little less frantic. Plus I put a little breast milk in it, not much but I will slowly decrease that amount until he is getting only formula.)
Yes it is sad to quit but if it has any chance of helping him than I am going take that chance. Oh yeah also the fact that he itches and then rubs his eyes is giving him eye infections, so we have to try to take care of that as well.