Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy

For the first month of his life Zach wouldn’t stop crying. Not like a normal newborn, this was real screams of pain. He fight against us, hit us, push us, kick us. He wasn’t growing nor was he gaining weight. I was frantic with worry. Sleepless days and nights weren’t helping either. We worked out on average in 24 hours he would sleep 1 hour and not even 1 solid hour.

It was only when my midwife saw one of his “spats” as I liked to call them, did she suggest that he might have an allergy.

After an emergency appointment with a specialist, we were told he could have Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA).I had never heard of it. It is not the same as being lactose intolerant. CMPA is when a baby can’t break down the cow’s milk protein in the milk.

We were told to try a new special milk with no cow’s milk protein in. The change in Zach’s behaviour was instant. We now had a baby that slept day and night (obviously waking up for feeds), that gain weight, grew and even tried to smile (it may have been wind but we like to think it was a smile).

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