I truly believe that breastfeeding my son for 13.5 months was the best option for him. When he was 7.5 months, we learned of his multiple food allergies after an anaphylactic reaction to a taste of yogurt. Because TJ had always been gaining nicely and doing wonderfully before this reaction, I felt that I needed to at least try and continue to nurse him until his diet was opened up to more options. Therefore, I continued on a strict elimination diet of everything was allergic to (wheat, oat, barley, rye, coconut, sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy) for the next six months. After he passed an oral food challenge to soy in the spring, I decided that it was best for both of us to wean him. We had two options at that point for a milk source: soy milk or soy toddler formula.
After his blood work came back, we learned his iron levels were slightly low. Because his diet was so limited and he was not eating many solids, we decided to go the toddler formula route. Based on an allergist’s and nutritionist’s recommendation we started to use Similac’s Go &Grow Toddler Soy Formula.
From the start, TJ has always loved this! Two months after starting, his iron levels were tested again and were in the normal range again. I believe that this product helped with this. Therefore, although I am a supporter of breastfeeding when possible, I am an even bigger supporter on doing what is best for you and your family. No two situations are ever the same; therefore, breast milk and this formula have both been beneficial to my son’s health.
On this Friday, we are thankful for making TJ’s sippy cups something he truly looks forward to so we smile on…