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26/09/2013 at 13:32
So as advised by our dietician she told us to wean N off Neocate and on to soya milk (not sure why, apart from Neocate is free on prescription!). She told us to buy Alpro 1+, aimed at toddlers, it has added calcium, so we did.
We weaned him onto it over the last few weeks but in turn we have created a monster! N still loves his milk morning and night (something I don't have an issue with) but he went from drinking roughly 200mls of Neocate to finishing a whole bottle of soya milk then crying and having a temper tantrum for more! He drank almost 500mls the other night before he gave in. He started waking up in the night, wanting more milk, nightmare!
We wondered if he was having a growth spurt or something, until I tasted the soya milk and looked at the box. It's packed full of sugar! They've added glucose to it to make it sweet! No wonder he was bloody addicted to it and was probably having sugar highs and then crashing! It's got almost 6g of sugar per 200mls.
Now I'm aware normal cows milk has sugar, but this is added sugar. I'm furious that our dietician would recommend a milk that is sugary as an alternative. And why would Alpro add sugar to a milk aimed at babies and toddlers?
Anyway, H has spoken to the dieticians at his work who are appalled and said they would never have recommended this milk. I've now found an unsweetened version with added calcium made by Sainsburys. And now he's gone back to happily drinking a bottle and not wanting more so clearly he loved the sugar in the first milk. No more tantrums, no more crying or waking up at night.
AIBU in being annoyed? I might phone the dietician and tell her.
26/09/2013 at 14:52
I would 100% call the dietician and tell her. She is either A - Crap at her job or B - unaware of this added sugar and needs to know.
26/09/2013 at 15:18
I would deff call the dietician like little pixie said she is either rubbish, or she didn't know... and maybe has told other mothers the same thing and they are having a nightmare too!
26/09/2013 at 15:25
That milk has been recommended by my dietician if S is still milk intolerant when she's turned one. This was before we discovered she's also soya intolerant so can use that as a reason to keep the nutramigen. A lot of different milks have added sugar, but you'd have thought that milk designed for toddlers wouldn't contain as much.
26/09/2013 at 17:28
It's not just calcium it's fortified with though. We use this milk and I've no problem with it as part of a balanced diet. Soya doesn't have sugars/fat in and children need it so that's why it's added.
26/09/2013 at 18:06
We use it too and have no issues with Isla wanted to gorge on it. I agree with Isis
26/09/2013 at 19:56
Yes but at 19 months he doesn't need 500mls of milk every evening. Plus the temper tantrums from wanting more because its sweet. The dietician was worried about his weight so wanted him to have it, because he'd slipped from the 91st centile to the 75th which is ridiculous. He's always tracked along the 75th, he's hardly skin and bones.
Incidentally there is a Neocate that's aimed for over ones with extra calories in it, the dietician at my work said as long as he was getting a good diet he wouldn't need it. I'm not happy to give him extra sugar. He's done without this soya milk for this long and coped with just Neocate so I'm sure he can cope without it and have the unsweetened version. I'm not rotting his teeth.
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