There have been many times when I’ve wondered what on earth I’d do if I couldn’t breastfeed Leo. Besides the emotional wreck I’d be, how could I find something he could eat without problems? He can’t have bovine protein, which rules out most formulae. He also can’t tolerate soy, even soy lecithin, so there go more formula options. Anything really fatty is also out, thanks to the gallstones. Any formula that meets the criteria, if there is one, is bound to be expensive and therefore out of reach for me.
Some give recipes for homemade formula, but I would run into the same problems since most recipes call for raw cow’s milk. Others call for goat milk, but he can’t tolerate me having that, either.
I don’t even know how much donor milk would be an option given the dietary changes I’ve had to make. That would be my first choice, though, if I couldn’t breastfeed. Maybe I’d find someone who was at least avoiding bovine proteins, since those bother him the most.
I know there are some who can’t breastfeed for some reason, and I feel for them. I’ve certainly had problems feeding Leo due to his tongue and lip ties, which have all been clipped. I’ve had people commend me for sticking with it and changing my diet, but to me it doesn’t seem extraordinary. I’ve simply done what had to be done to continue breastfeeding. What else could I do?