Request for Information from Parents in Germany or France
So, Global Baby is lactose intolerant. This was extremely easy to handle in the US. In Switzerland, not so much.
Originally I was told that any baby formula which says HA (for Hypo-Allergenic) would be fine for him. This week we mixed the US and Swiss formulas together to change him over. Yesterday was his first day completely on the Swiss baby formula.
It was a day spent in Hell. He was spitting up almost as much as he was eating, any adjustment in position caused enormous farts, his diapers where indescribably foul and by the afternoon there was a whole lot of screaming and fussing for an hour after every bottle. Last night I got about 4 hours of sleep because I spent much of the night holding him while rocking on the couch (actual rocking chair on order) and rubbing his upset tummy.
Turns out that HA means lactose-reduced, not lactose-free.
After some questions we discovered that true lactose-free formula must be purchased from the pharmacy. This morning I went to get some. Tiny canister. Big price. A 2-3 day supply of formula was 32 chf!
He's only 7 weeks old. He doesn't even eat that much yet! Imagine what it will be at 6 months or a year old?
Buying formula from the US and paying for airmail plus customs tax would actually be cheaper.
So, can anyone tell me what the lactose-free formula options are in Germany or France? Periodically driving an hour to the border to stock up might be easier and cheaper than shipping from the US.
Man, I wish the US military bases would allow US citizens on base to use the commissaries. Because they stock the US stuff!
On the plus side, with the Super-Expensive formula Global Baby is now sleeping peacefully. Hopefully I will be able to get a nap this afternoon as well...