When you get pregnant, there is so much propaganda on how to best feed your newborn. Breast is best is shoved so far down your throat, that anything less than exclusive breast feeding makes you feel like total garbage. I got to thinking about it and other than breast feeding, how exactly to go about feeding a child is never really talked about (minus the EBF/EFF, BLW/Traditional debates). Not once in any of my prenatal classes did anyone mention the proper way to make a bottle. No one talked about the differences in formulas or even how to pump and feed.
This dilemma goes far beyond breast milk vs. formula. When Luke hit 4 months, we were told to go ahead and start trying solids. No one told us how to go about it, what to start with, what to look for when food trials begin for a baby with allergies……nothing. The doctor left it up to trial and error……and a lot of help from Dr. Google. I learned more from a children with food allergies group on Facebook than I did from anyone in the medical field.
When we went to the GI doctor shortly after Luke turned 6 months, he again said to go ahead and try giving him solids. The only advice he had was to try oatmeal since Luke had already failed rice cereal. No other suggestions on low allergenic foods, how to go about it, nothing. When asked about seeing an allergist, the GI said that they wouldn’t be able to do any testing until Luke is at least 1 because of the potential for 1)false positives and 2)growing out of allergies as he develops.
Well……with the reaction he had to apples, I called Luke’s pediatrician to inquire as to how to go about getting epinephrine for just in case. She confirmed that Luke’s reaction was more than just a minor thing and that as we get deeper into trials, the potential for a reaction is higher as well. Unfortunately, she would rather Luke see an allergist for proper dosing and administration training on the epi because he is too small for the epi pen jr.
The big question is why is there so little parental guidance when it comes to anything other than breast milk? Most of my research came from blog posts, moms that have kids with allergies and books published by people who are far from experts on the subject.
It certainly is frustrating!