Today, I woke up feeling even more confident and positive about the introduction of soy to TJ’s diet. The plan was to add 1 ounce of Nature One’s Baby’s Only Organic Soy Formula for toddlers to his 11:30 am bottle. Then, tomorrow, we would add 2 ounces and so on until this bottle is solely the soy formula. However, as I prepped his lunch, I noticed the label of the formula stated “U – Pareve Ingredients – Manufactured on Dairy Equipment.” WHAT!?!?!?!
From everything that I have been told, foods with this label are not safe for people with food allergies. Since TJ is allergic to dairy, a label like this means cross-contamination is possible. However, why did both an allergist and a nutritionist tell us to use this formula? I sent the information to my husband who then emailed both allergists, the nutritionist, and our pediatrician.
While we wait to hear back from all of them, we used organic soy milk instead. I mixed 1.5 ounces with 4 ounces of breast milk in a bottle. However, he only drank about 3 ounces because he has been eating a lot of food today! Yay!!!
- Breakfast – a banana and jar of apples mixed with a lot of buck wheat
- Lunch – a turkey meatball (that we now make with buck wheat, sweet potatoes, and canola oil and TJ seems to enjoy much more)- squash and sweet potatoes and then some blueberries with apples and buck wheat
It is a great relief that he is starting to eat more solids and his chewing has also improved a lot in the past week. Hoping that this will all help to increase his hemoglobin/iron levels.
Earlier in the week, I had left a message with a representative at Organics Happy Family about their products. I had found the following link that lists the allergies present in each of their products. However, I also saw that on their rice cakes, it mentioned that it was “produced on equipment that also handles soy and milk.” I noticed this as TJ ate one of the rice cakes and loved it! I wanted to check to see if this is the same with their puffs that he loves and eats daily. There was nothing on the label but I wanted to double check. According to this chart, both puffs and the rice cakes we purchased contain none of the top allergens which includes dairy.
Right after I discovered the formula label, a representative from Happy Family called and said that all of their products including the puffs are manufactured on equipment that also handles dairy and other allergens. However, they don’t put that on their labels because it is not required by law. (Only in Europe where the rice cakes are produced is that required by law.) However, they follow strict cleaning and testing codes before packaging products to make sure that they are free of the allergens that they have listed on the chart above. Why is this all so complicated!?!
So now, we will just smile and laugh on at how confusing the world of food allergies is as we wait to hear back from our doctors….