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My dd Elle (9 months) is currentlty exclusivly breastfed. We have been holding off on solids bacuse of a suspected dairy and soy intolerance. She has only gained 1 pound since she was 6 months and now they are getting concerned. I have been dairy and soy free for 8 weeks and there has been major imporvment but she still has mucousy diarrhea at times and on Saturday had 10 mucousy diapers again. So now her GI specialist wants me to continue nursing her for 24 hours and if there is any problem she wants to put her on an elemental formula for a week to see if there is improvment. I DO NOT want to put her on formula. I don't want to lose our breastfeeding relationship and also she is not vaccinated at all and so putting her on formula would make me so nervous that she would contract something. I am going to go on the TED today and I am hoping that it will be enough to make a difference. I would have done it sooner but they were not concerned beyond dairy and soy so I listened to them and only eliminated dairy and soy and I have been very careful to check for all derivatives as well as taking dairy and soy free vitamins. How long will it take to make a difference if I start TED today? We have an appointment with the Dr. next Tuesday so I think we are safe until then. Please I am desperate, I don't want to put my baby on formula unless there are no other options!! Does anyone have any suggestions?<br>
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Amy
 

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A friend of mine went through that and it turned out her daughter had a wheat allergy. She tried to add more solids, skipped other supplements and as long as her daughter was hitting her milestones stuck to it.<br><br>
With my first 2 they slowed down a lot after 6 months - but had huge weight gains prior to 6. Today - they maintain at below avg. I did have to change peds.
 

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I'm not sure if this will help, but this site has TONS of info:<br><br><a href="http://kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain_increase.html" target="_blank">http://kellymom.com/babyconcerns/gro..._increase.html</a>
 

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When I read your post I immediately thought of wheat and gluten sensitivities. The mucousy poops are one of the symptoms. Post in the health and healing forum and you will get lots of support. There are a few moms that are going throught the same situation as yours. Also the power of probiotics thread in H&H has a wealth of information on intestinal health and allergies. I would also start on a baby probiotic as soon as possible.
 

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I don't see the need for formula. I think it makes more sense to start her on some low allergenic solids. And for higher calorie solids think avocado, banana, sweet potato, pureed dried prunes etc. You can start egg yolk and yogurt at 9 mo also. Sometimes people with dairy intolerance can tolerate yogurt plus you'd get the benefits of the probiotics in it.<br><br>
BTW my dd only gained like 1 lb 4 oz between 6 - 9 mo. Was almost dropping off the weight % chart. She was 25% for weight at birth. I was also going slow on solids because of lots of allergies in the families. I avoided wheat and she couldn't tolerate oatmeal or rice. I used to give her millet cereal (it's low allergenic although not sure about its gluten content). But upping her solids improved her weight gain. My dd never was one to have a big appetite and at that age, they're are so distractible, it can be hard to get them to nurse enough. Sure BM is fine and provides enough calories if they drink enough but my dd just didn't want to nurse enough. After upping her solids, between 9-12 mo she gained 3 lbs. And she's still nursing fine at almost 2 years. I found her nursing increased after 12mo - once she started walking, she became less distractible.
 
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