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.