I am glad that a few moms posted about Neocate here, as my hunch is that many posters aren't familiar with Neocate, EO28 or Elecare - lucky people! What I would have given to not know about Rx formulas!
As the parent of a child with severe food allergies (now at age 2.5 he has outgrown so many of them), i know what you are going through, and yes, in general, bf is always best. But there is a point where you need to figure out what is best for the whole family too, especially since something is still bothering her.
I'm wondering if you could try Neocate for a couple times, without risking your supply too much? It has to be a very fine line, and Neocate is expensive. It is entirely dairy and soy free, but DOES contain corn, some of the other others are corn free. There are other options also made by SHS North America too, but yeah, they are insanely expensive.
I guess I"m not sure what my point is, except to offer hugs and support. I am pregnant again, and my diet is free of everything my son was allergic to, plus all the "big eight". I guess I'm hoping that is enough for this little girl to be able to nurse.
In the case of my son, we couldn't identify all of his allergies, he was getting sicker and sicker and losing so much weight, we couldn't even get him to gain any weight, he pooped and vomitted blood. I so desperately wanted to bf (I still mourn it) but in the end I made the choice to switch to Neocate (I kept pumping but each time we "tested" my milk he failed)
Neocate changed my son's life, he is happy, healthy and has outgrown a huge chunk of his allergies, with the rest of them having decreased a ton.
Not pushing you to give up nursing, if you can find foods that work for you and your daughter then it is by far the best for her. But I did want to note that some kids thrive on Neocate, Elecare, EO28 and other similar formulas. Our son was so close to hospitalization at the time we added Neocate.
Hugs and good luck to you
baby girl edd Feb 07