I have a beautiful 6 month baby who was thriving till the episodes like FPIES started.
Here is my story:
My baby never latched on, so I have been pumping and feeding him breast milk. My plan was to stop pumping after 6 months, since it becomes very difficult for me to pump at work, and I am prone to getting clogged ducts. Every couple weeks I end up spending a lot of time trying to unclog the ducts. To get my baby used to the taste of formula, we give him 1-2 ounces of formula every 8-10 days. I use Similac pro advance formula and he has taken a max of 2 ounces at one time. Since birth, he must have had the formula 10-15 times till date. There have not been any crazy throwing up episodes after the formula, as far as I can remember.
I started solids for my baby at 5.5 months. The first food I tried was avocado. It must have been 1 tbsp of avocado mixed with breast milk. I fed it to him at 7 pm in the evening, and he was fed 6 ozs of milk at 9 pm. This went well for 2 days. I gave him banana on the third and fourth day and that was ok too. On the 5th day, I gave him avocado in the evening again and around 4-5 hours after his avocado and milk feed, he started throwing up every few minutes. This went on till he started throwing up gastric juices too. He got quite pale and was very lethargic. He had to be given some electrolytes to keep him hydrated. it took him a good 2 days to get him back to his breast milk diet (where he was drinking like before). I waited for a week and gave him banana with breast milk, and the same vomiting episode repeated. He did not have diarrhea but his poop was weirdly pasty and a light yellow in color, which is not what we see usually. After a week, I gave him very little pear with breast milk, and the vomiting episode repeated. Just that it was not as crazy as before (probably because the quantity was very less). 3-4 days later, we started him on earth's best oatmeal and breast milk. He took that fine for 12 days. On the 13th day, as per his doctor's suggestion (she claims he can not have FPIES), i gave him the banana again, and the vomiting episode started again 2 hours after ingesting the banana and breast milk. It has been 2 days and he is still not back to normal. He is drinking a lot lesser milk than before. His doctor still does not think he has FPIES, and has asked me to try jarred banana baby food after 3-4 days. She mentioned that it could be reflux, and jarred food being cooked and of a different consistency may not trigger the vomits.
I am really confused now. I have to stop pumping soon. He has taken 2 ounces of formula max till date. Does that mean similac pro advance formula may not be a trigger food for him, and that he can switch to it after I stop pumping?
Should I try the jarred banana as recommended by his ped? I am very scared to see him like this Has anyone had experience where they thought it was FPIES but turned out to be reflux? My son has not had reflux with milk so far.
He had oats for 12 days, does that mean oats is a safe food?
Bananas and avocados are in the same family, but pear seems to be a different food group altogether. What foods can I try now? It hurts so much to see my baby like this (
Really sorry for the long post. I am so devastated after reading about FPIES.