Isabelle & Her Milk Protein Allergy


Since Isabelle has been born, she has never been content or happy. At first, I thought it was just because she was unsettled but I started to notice whenever she had her milk she would get more upset. Then she got a cold, and really struggled with that, a week after the cold cleared up her mood still didn't improve, and her face was covered in a rash. It was red and blotchy, she was still crying whenever she had a feed and she was also having tummy problems. I knew something wasn't right but when I spoke to the health visitor she said maybe the rash was a reaction to our washing powder, but we hadn't changed it, and always use non-bio. I knew it wasn't that, we also ruled out any aftershaves or perfumes that Sam and I wear. We stopped using bath stuff to but it still didn't clear up.

I knew that it was her milk, mothers intuition or instinct, I just knew. I spoke to health visitors, who said I needed to speak to a GP, after trying to explain it to a GP three times and being fobbed off, I got to the point where I was so angry, and fed up. No one was listening to me, my baby girl was screaming in pain, all the time, she would cry for a feed, and then when she got a feed she would cry even more because it was hurting her tummy. She had a rash all over her face which was red and sore, her face was also swollen. She had diarrhoea but she was straining to go to the toilet. she had a runny nose, and just generally wasn't happy. It turned out that all of those symptoms were symptoms of a milk protein allergy.

I decided I had enough of waiting, I was fed up of being fobbed off. I went to see a different GP who actually listened to me, Isabelle had just finished a feed when I went into the doctor's office, and the doctor got to see what she was like, her face broke out in a rash, and she was screaming in pain. After seeing her the doctor agreed that she did, in fact, have a milk protein allergy, after me trying so hard for weeks, it was what I thought all along. She could have had different milk weeks ago and wouldn't have gone through all that pain if someone just listened to me. The doctor prescribed Similac Alimentum for her, and while I was glad that she was going to have a different milk and that she wouldn't be in pain anymore, I wasn't looking for too having unsettled weeks of her getting used to another milk, the doctor said that it was likely she would have diarrhoea for a while and be unsettled.


The first feed she threw up everywhere, and it made me doubt everything. I was beside myself, it was actually the breaking point for me. I sat and sobbed, I didn't know what else to do or think. Should I persevere with the milk, would it get better? do I ring the doctor, or was this normal. After ringing my Nan in tears, I decided to persevere but take it back to 1oz, then 2oz and build it up slowly again (just like when they are newborns) hoping that would help her body adjust to the formula. The next feed I gave her 1oz, and she took it like a champ. There was no sickness, and she wasn't screaming straight after the feed. I have to admit the milk absolutely stinks, Sam said he thinks it smells like Horlicks, but I'm not even sure what it smells like, it's just horrible.

Isabelle has been on the milk since Friday, and honestly, she is like a completely different child. She is no longer crying or waking up from a sleep crying, she isn't crying herself to sleep either. Isabelle is alert and awake for longer periods, she even slept through the night for the first time! 11.30pm-7am. We are finally getting to know our baby girl, and I'm so thankful to finally see a doctor who listened to me. These past few weeks have been some of the toughest of my life, I have never felt so down and hopeless. I also don't feel like I have properly bonded with my baby, and that hurts. I'm so glad I pushed to get an appointment even when the others didn't agree with me about it being an allergy. Isabelle is such a happy baby now, and I know deep down that is down to me, for googling, and reading countless pages of signs and symptoms, and for fighting to get her seen by a doctor.

If you think that something isn't right with you baby, fight to get someone to listen. Don't give up as I genuinely believe that if I gave up, Isabelle would still be in pain, and still be unhappy.

11 comments

  1. So glad she's doing a lot better . Mother always knows best ! love her yawny photo :) xx

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  2. Bless you sounds like you and Isabelle have been through a tough time. Glad to hear that she is doing better and that you have at long last received help and a diagnosis to make things better for your little one. A mother's gut instinct should always be listened too. Love the yawn photo, adorable!

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  3. So glad you eventually saw a doctor who listened. Freddie is allergic to the colouring in calpol and took us from newborn till he was 11 months for someone to listen. Now we have to make sure he doesn't have red/pink medicine

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  4. So glad that second GP listened to you, although it's ridiculous that it should have gotten to that point in the first place! Poor little lady, especially when you knew what the problem was and no-one would help!

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  5. That picture of her yawning is so cute! It's difficult sometimes when our GP's won't listen to us or take us seriously. I'm glad she is doing better now her allergy has been properly diagnosed! xo

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  6. its frustrating when the GP doesnt listen and just ignores it all, I had the same with my first born, I ended up being given from a friend some lactose free formula and within the day he was a completely different child, no more sick no more screaming.. went back and they finally diagnosed and gave me a prescription for the milk. im glad you got it all sorted xx mothers intuition is the best thing! we arent mad, we know our babies and we KNOW when something isnt right!

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  7. Milk intolerances are so hard as I don't feel like people are behind it! Rory was lactose intolerant for about 6 months and had to be on special milk. Before that it was just put down as colic. He was also really bad the first day of his specialist milk xx

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  8. this must be so hard, especially when they can't verbalise what the problem is. I know it will be some trial and error but will all work out soon x

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  9. This is so so tough. Feeding your baby is so hard anyway without a milky allergy thrown in as well. Well done mama xx

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  10. So glad she is finally happy! James' sister really struggled to get help for Teddy! ox

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  11. Oh bless her I'm so glad that eventually a doctor listened to you and she's on a milk that helps. That must have been so tough but you did the right thing persevering with GPs.

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