In my first post about weaning Amy I explained that she had been really sick after eating yogurt and that this combined with her being very poorly at Easter weekend had led us to think there may be some sort of allergy or intolerance to dairy. Of course it could also be an unfortunate coincidence and the only way to know for sure would be to give her it again.
I had planned to try her on yogurt again last weekend when I knew I was at home all day and had Dave around to help out if she wasn’t well. As it was she was generally unsettled last weekend anyway so I decided it really wasn’t fair to potentially make her sick as well.
After chatting my friend Katherine, who has an unfortunately wide ranging experience of food issues with her little people, she suggested I should wait a while longer to allow Amy’s gut to mature a bit more. I mentioned it off hand to my Nurse on Wednesday morning and she suggested the best thing to do was to see the Doctor before we did anything else and she promptly booked us an appointment for the following day (I LOVE my Nurse – she’s flipping amazing).
So on Thursday we took Amy along to see one of the GPs at our Practice. She was lovely and listened very carefully to everything we said before explaining that whilst it wasn’t presenting as a common milk or dairy intolerance (as this normally causes tummy problems and shows itself at the other end so to speak) she wasn’t going to rule out that it might be an issue for Amy. She offered to prescribe us a lactose free milk but I said I wasn’t too bothered as she’s still pretty much refusing a bottle anyway so the formula isn’t an issue – I was more concerned with how we moved forwards food wise and whether she would get what she needed. Of course I know that “food is fun till one” so in reality she’ll get everything she needs from me but it has still made me really very nervous about feeding her. I didn’t expect to be feeling nervous weaning third time round that’s for sure. The Doctor said that there is no test we can do and that we really just have to try her out on stuff. She explained that we would need to explore dairy in different forms and see what, if anything, affected her. She wanted us to start out with milk in cooking and take it from there. She also referred us to a Dietician to help us make sure Amy is getting what she needs nutritionally.
So today, while I knew we were home all day and had Daddy to hand, we decided to try out some porridge made with cow’s milk. I was really nervous about giving her it – knowingly feeding your baby girl something which you know might make her violently sick goes against every mothering instinct. It’s my job to protect her and keep her safe, not feed her things which might make her feel really poorly.
I can’t say she particularly enjoyed it but she did do quite well. She managed the lumps and ate more than I expected.
I kept a really close eye on her for the rest of the afternoon; fully expecting her to projectile vomit exactly two hours later. I can’t tell you how relieved I am to say that she was absolutely fine. Of course this is good news! I can’t say she had eaten a huge amount of milk but what she did have doesn’t appear to have affected her adversely.
For tea tonight we reverted to a pouch of fruit puree as I know this is “clean” – she absolutely wolfed it down, easily the most enthusiastic she’d been at any meal yet and was getting quite cross if I wasn’t fast enough. We also used her new mOmma cup for the first time and we both thought it was ACE! I’m still gutted that it doesn’t have handles on though – it makes it really difficult for her little hands to get hold of.
The plan for tomorrow is to make the most of another day with Daddy at home to try out some more dairy based foods . . .