Due to their special formulation, hypoallergenic formulas for managing food allergies smell and taste different than breast milk, routine infant formulas and cow’s milk. You may notice this difference when you open a container and make the formula for the first time. Remember, your senses of taste and smell are different than your baby's — adults have well-established and learned food preferences, which babies do not yet have. It may take time for your baby to get used to their new special diet, but it is important to stick with it. Watch our video on how Nutramigen relieves colic due to cow's milk allergy fast.
Dealing with initial refusal of a hypoallergenic formula
If your baby is new to using a specialized formula for the management of cow's milk allergy, it might take some time for them to become comfortable and familiar with it. Rather than being solely related to the taste of the formula, refusal could also be due to your baby having learned to associate feeding discomfort because of the allergy. Your baby may also have a reduced appetite if they have been feeling unwell from their allergy.
When introducing Nutramigen® for the first time some persistence may be required — some infants may take 3 to 5 days to become used to it. As the new diet allows the issues to start to resolve, your baby should become more settled and their appetite may improve.
Tips for introducing Nutramigen® to your baby's diet
If your doctor recommended it, your baby should be switched onto Nutramigen® as soon as possible after diagnosis, following your doctor’s advice. This is to eliminate the cow’s milk proteins causing the allergic reactions from your baby’s diet as soon as possible. Here are some suggestions to help with introducing the formula for the first time and as your little one grows up:
- When trying the formula for the first time, try to make sure your baby is hungry and thirsty
- Try to be positive during feeding times as babies can pick up on your reactions, such as from facial expressions and the sound of your voice
- Older children may prefer to take the formula from a covered cup or as a cold drink
- When you are ready to start weaning your baby, here are some tips for introducing your baby to solid foods with Nutramigen formula
When first starting on a new formula, you may notice slight changes in stool pattern, gas, and/or spitting up. After starting Nutramigen, some babies may experience frequent, loose stools, especially during the initial days of feeding. It is normal for some infants on iron-fortified formula to have greenish stools. Speak to your doctor if you are worried about stool changes.