Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Years Resolutions for parents of baby's with cow's milk protein allergy

Happy New Year

It’s that time of year when we reflect on what we’ve been through, achieved and not achieved and look ahead to 2015 and think about what we’d like to do with our new year ahead.  If you did have goals for 2014 which you haven’t achieved yet then it doesn’t matter because being a parent to a cow’s milk protein allergy baby is a huge achievement in itself and every day you will learn something new and grow as a person and as a parent so you should be extremely proud of yourself.  Today’s blog post is really about praising the parents of cow’s milk protein allergy baby’s and making sure you look back at 2014 and feel proud that you have supported your baby through a difficult and challenging time which without you fighting their corner would of been a lot more painful.  

You are your baby’s voice and I know a lot of us are constantly fighting with doctors to get our babies milk allergy diagnosed or get medications to help with reflux.  A lot of us are struggling to get the right information from our dieticians on what to feed our babies, to make sure they are getting all the calcium that they need in their diets.  I’ve discovered there can be a lot of conflicting information out there and some doctors are just not educated about cow’s milk protein allergy symptoms and the different formulas available.  

With the NHS in the UK having strict budgets to adhere to I know the standard of care we receive is the cheapest possible - I am not saying it’s bad treatment, just basic and well I’m sure I am not the first mother to have fought to get formula on prescription for my baby and I am sure I will not be the last .  I find taking my mum with me to appointments really helps, for some reason when I go on my own before I know it I’ve been told it’s all in my head - or words to that effect and I've been ushered out of the door and I am left feeling completely helpless.  However taking my mother with me to appointments is a whole different scenario, I don’t know if it’s safety in numbers or if Grandma who obviously has years of parenting experience being there and supporting what i am saying about my baby means all of a sudden what I am saying is true, anyway the point is I recommend taking someone with you to your appointments for support, they don’t have to say anything but I’ve found just having someone else in the room can make a huge difference.  Doing your own research before you go can also help, I’ve learnt over the last 18 months since starting my journey as a cow’s milk protein allergy parent that knowledge is power and this can help a lot when talking to doctors about your babies symptoms.  

I had to fight for weeks to get my son on Neocate and in the end it was knowing the difference in the ingredients between Neocate and Nutramigen and the way in which these ingredients are digested that helped me in a difficult battle with the paediatricians to be taken seriously and get the Neocate which my baby so clearly needed.  

Just remember you know your baby best, listen to your gut instinct and if you think something isn’t right then don’t give up and push the doctors to find out what it is and what your baby needs.  You have the right to request a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the fist one. 

Being a parent to a baby with a cow’s milk protein allergy can be so stressful and a constant worry, it’s easy to get so caught up in it all that sometimes we forget to enjoy our babies and before we know it they won’t be babies any more and they’ll be old enough to manage their own allergy or hopefully have outgrown it!  

Here’s some New Years Resolutions I suggest for the parents of Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy Baby’s:

Be proud of yourself

Remember to enjoy your baby every day

Laugh and smile with your baby every day

Stay strong and remember you are not alone on this journey

Remember your baby will be old enough soon to tell you what’s wrong so these difficult days are not forever


I am going to be sharing a lot of dairy free, soya free, gluten free, wheat free and egg free recipes in 2015 along with supermarket finds and eating out dairy free reviews so like our Facebook page to make sure you get them on your news feed or follow us on Twitter to get our tweets.

Happy New Year to you and your beautiful babies! 



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Monday, 29 December 2014

Dairy Free White Chocolate Buttons

Today’s supermarket find..  Dairy Free White Chocolate Buttons!

 These dairy free, wheat free, gluten free and egg free white chocolate buttons are great as a little treat.  I found these in the 'free from' isle in my local Sainsbury's and my little boy loves them.  

They do contain soya!

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Warburtons Fruity Teacakes

Today’s supermarket find..  Warburtons Fruity Teacakes! 


I must admit these fruity teacakes toasted with lashings of dairy free spread are one of my weaknesses.  When it came to food shopping for my son I thought these would be totally off limits but they are in fact dairy free. My little boy loves them as they taste quite sweet.

They do contain soya flour but we seem to be doing ok with foods containing soya at the moment, we've just cut out the drinking soya milk and eating soya desserts as I think my son can only tolerate soya in small amounts.    

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Dairy Free Cheese

Today’s supermarket find..  SHEESE - Dairy Free Cheese!



I actually brought this dairy free cheese in Unicorn Grocers in Chorloton, Manchester.  It's a vegan grocers and my new favorite store, it's such a relaxing feeling to browse in a supermarket and know that what ever you choose to buy in there it is completely dairy free.  They also have a little play area at the back of the store so your little one's can play and they have a stand full of apples for your little one's to enjoy free of charge whilst playing.  They sell a lot of organic foods and all of the fruit and veg are organic, I am trying to eat mainly organic after some recent research about how certain foods are produced.  

Here's a link to the stores website: Unicorn Grocery

This cheese tastes great melted on toast!

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Mini Cherry Bakewells

Today’s supermarket find..  Mini Cherry Bakewells!


Ok so these are from the 'free from' isle in Sainsbury's so not a 'find' as such but I have to share as they are delicious ! I'm not really into sweet treats but these are really nice, you get two in a pack so it ended up one each for me and my son tonight. 

These are dairy free, soya free, gluten free and wheat free.

They contain egg and almonds. 

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Dairy and Soya Free Garlic Bread

Today’s supermarket find.. Dairy and Soya Free Garlic Bread!!!


Yay!!! I finally found some dairy free garlic bread and it is really yummy! I have recently made my own garlic butter to use on bread for my son, I made it with the olive dairy free spread so i'll be posting that recipe soon but these shop brought ones are great to grab from the freezer when your short on time, we had them tonight with spaghetti bolognese and they went down a treat.  

I get so excited seeing my son eat new foods when i've found a dairy free version, I know any other parents will totally understand this excited feeling which is why I am on a mission at the moment to find as many dairy free foods in the supermarkets as possible and share them all with you guys so your little ones can enjoy a variety of foods and not miss out.  


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Bird's Custard Powder - Dairy and Soya Free

Today’s supermarket find.. Bird's Custard Powder!


Ingredients: Cornflour, salt, colour, annatto, flavoring

I'm so happy I discovered Bird's custard powder in the tin doesn't contain any dairy or soya.  I brought this in Asda and I made it for my son using organic oat milk, he loved having bananas and custard for dessert.  I had a look at the Bird's custard powder sachets and they DO have dairy in so make sure you always read the ingredients before buying and/or consuming.  


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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Changing from Soya milk to Oat milk..



Hey guys..

I came across this picture today and I just had to share it, It's so funny and it really makes me think about consuming milk, which I don't anymore as I have made our home completely dairy free so my son can be totally safe in his own home.  Looking at this picture I see a human male drinking a cow's breast milk which is surely meant for it's calf? The more I learn about cow's milk the more I have no idea why us humans have ever consumed it! 

Whilst researching cow's milk, allergies and various recipes online I have learnt a lot about how different foods are produced and which chemicals, hormones and antibiotics are used in the process and how these can affect our health! I'll save all the gory details for another post though as it is going to be a LONG one but lets just say I am buying more and more organic foods every day and could quite happily never eat dairy ever again !!

My son is now on oat milk, he has been having soya desserts from around six months old and changed from Neocate LCP to the soya +1 milk at 11 months old he is now 17 months old.  He has always had loose stools and his GP, dietitian, pediatrician and gastro specialist all told us on separate occasions that this is normal, I knew in my heart it wasn't but being a first time mum and having no one to compare this with we carried on as we were.  My son was fed dairy 'accidentally' at a nursery in October 2014 and had a real bad reaction which lasted for around 3-4 weeks after that he was better but still not 100% and I kept saying to my mum something is still bothering him, all kinds of things were running through my mind and I thought maybe it's gluten or wheat but after reading some of the other mums posts in a cow's milk protein allergy support group on Facebook I realised it is very likely to be the soya. So I removed the soya milk and desserts from his diet, the first three days were hard work it was as though he had an addiction and had gone 'cold turkey' but after the initial three days he suddenly had a great appetite (he's always been a fussy eater), he was happier, his stools became soft, he started giving cuddles for the first time and wasn't clingy anymore.  I had no idea the soya must of been bothering him, It's so hard when your child can't tell you how they feel and your having to guess all the time.  I haven't removed soya totally from his diet yet so he still has small amounts which is already in foods such as his bread, the reason I haven't totally removed it is I am hoping it was the amount of soya he was having which was effecting him and he's not soya allergic.  I read somewhere (can't remember where - sorry) that having soya milk as a main drink is like having baked beans for every meal! I have no idea how credible that information is but when I read it it made sense to me in regards to my sons symptoms.  

I hope by sharing my experience it will help other parents.


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Monday, 22 December 2014

Today's supermarket find.. Birds Eye Dairy Free Sausage Rolls

Birds Eye - Sausage Rolls


I don't usually eat frozen foods like this but after a not so great experience in Greggs recently after the new allergy laws came into effect on the 13th December 2014 I might add - I'll save that story for another post though!  When I came across these in Tesco's I felt the need to buy them, I'm sure sometimes being dairy free means when I find something that doesn't contain dairy I get so excited (something only cmpa parents/sufferers will understand) that I always find myself buying it even if it wasn't on the shopping list.  I often have to ask myself 'would I be buying this for my son if he didn't have any allergy's?' I think it's so easy to get sucked in on the Free From isle in supermarkets well for me anyway! 

These sausage rolls taste really nice (in my opinion) and my son liked them, dare I say they are nicer than Greggs sausage rolls.... !

These are dairy and soya free!

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5 Min Margarita Pitta Pizza

Pitta Pizza... 




In a rush? Want pizza in a hurry?

I've been a bit under the whether this weekend and didn't have much energy to stand for any length of time in the kitchen but as I have recently discovered Cheezly and my son has never tried pizza, I thought why not make a margarita pizza using pitta bread! 

My son is a very fussy eater I blame the neocate for this as every time I place a new food in front of him he looks at me as if to say 'is this going to be vile mummy?' and it usually takes around three - four try's of new foods before he'll like it.  Anyway after stern eyes glaring at me and a little nibble it went down a absolute treat this is the first time hes eaten all of a new food in the first sitting so I have to share this one and I hope your little one's or yourselves enjoy it just as much as my son did !

Oh.. When I took the pizza out of the oven I was so excited for my son to try it that I started cutting it up before I took a photo for you all so apologies for the photo ^^^^


Ingredients..

1 Pitta Bread - I used wholemeal
Tomato puree 
Italian seasoning
Cheezly - I used white cheddar style


Method..

1. Place pitta bread on baking tray and squeeze required amount of tomato puree on to the top side of the pitta bread, sprinkle with Italian seasoning and use a spoon to spread the tomato puree evenly across the pitta bread and blend in the seasoning.  

2. Slice cheezly into small squares and place on top of the tomato puree, place pitta under the grill for around five minutes or until the cheezly is soft.  

I cut the Cheezly quite thick as you can see above, after around five minutes under the grill i used a fork to spread the cheezly and this worked just fine.  

Feel free to add various toppings and let me know what you think of the recipe below in the comments section..

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Egg Mayo Sandwich - Dairy and Soya Free!

Today's awesome find..
I never usually look at the sandwichs in the supermarkets as I assumed they would have butter on or the Mayo they use would contain dairy but something made me check today and I'm so glad I did! I couldn't believe this sandwich is dairy free, I popped in to morrisons after to check there sandwichs out of curiosity and there egg mayo was also dairy and soya free! (Always check as things change - you know how people like to keep us CMPA parents on our toes) 
This amazing find means now when leaving the house I don't have to stress so much about always having enough food with us every time we go out if I can just pop in a supermarket and pick up a sandwich for my son ! - this excitement will only be shared/understood by CMPA parents!! 

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas cupcakes - Dairy free - Soya free

Just made these Awesome chocolate cupcakes for my son to take to the childminders for him and his friends to share! They are dairy free and soya free! 



Ingredients.. 

50g Cocoa powder
175ml boiling water
3 Medium eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract 
175g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda 
225g caster sugar
175g dairy free sunflower spread

For the frosting..

175g icing sugar
75g sunflower spread
1 tsp vanilla extract 

Method.. 

1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4.  Line your muffin tins with 16 paper muffin cases. Whisk together the boiling water with the cocoa powder in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Allow the mixture to cool until it reaches room temperature (put it in the freezer to speed this up) then whisk in the eggs and vanilla. 

2. In another bowl mix the flour, salt, bicarbonate soda, sugar and then add to the cocoa mix. Keep whisking and add in the butter, whisk until all the ingredients are smooth.  Fill the muffin cases three quarters full and bake in the oven for 20 mins. Remove from the oven and let cool. 

3. For the frosting I followed the recipe on the box of the icing sugar which was sift 175g of icing sugar into a bowl and mix with 75g butter - I used sunflower spread to keep it dairy and soya free! Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and mix. I placed the mix in my fridge until the cupcakes were cool enough for the frosting.  

4. Place required amount of frosting on cupcakes and decorate as you wish - I used Christmas cake toppers from sainsburys.. 



These cakes were delicious and so easy to make, it took me around 20 mins to prep them.  

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Recipe adapted from bbc good foods Devils food cupcakes recipe.