Milk Protein Allergy

Lisa - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Is anyone else having to avoid all foods with milk protein because baby is allergic? I'm off all milk, cheese, butter, baked goods with milk protein (pretty much all of them it seems), and beef. I would love any tips, or encouraging words. My husband and I have discussed going to formula, but I want to stick it out as long as possible!

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Miranda - posted on 02/22/2013

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We found out when our son was 4 months old that he had a sensitivity to Dairy, Beef, and Soy. The doctor though at first it was colic but then he told me to lay of dairy, beef, and soy because of the protein. My son was back to normal and only has issues when I cheat. We all suffer when I cave for a piece of cheese pizza. But I lost all of my baby weight within 3 months of going off. I substitute avocados for cheese on my pizza. And I love it! Our whole family does it now. I am in the process of weaning now. My son is 14 months. But I will never go back to Dairy milk. I got to use to Almond, rice, and coconut. I think nursing is the most important thing you can do for your baby!

Colleen - posted on 11/20/2008

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Bloating and gas are related to the lactose (a sugar) not being broken down by her digestive system and the bacteria (naturally there and good for her) in her large intestine eat it instead producing the gas and as a result the discomfort she feels. Reduce the dairy and give her a few weeks of a break and then slowly and in small amounts reintroduce it. I do have a true dairy allergy, I am allergic to whey protein and my throat spasms where I cannot swallow if I eat it. It is possible to get calcium without dairy but you need to make sure to eat a balanced diet. Your dark vegetables are a great source.

Gwyn - posted on 03/26/2011

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Thank u fir all ur posts. just found out about my sons allergy, tuff trying to figure out what i can eat now. just glad to know im not alone!

Heather - posted on 11/19/2008

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we just got our LO tested after 6 onths off dairy. he came up neg. for allergies! i am now reintroducing milk to my diet, soy next week! i think we have determined he had a sensitivity rather then a true allergy like the pedi. tried to tell me... he seems ok, maybe a little more gassy but no blood in the poop!! tips i can give are- Keep it close to nature! Most frozen foods may seem harmless but actually have dairy or soy derived preservitives in them! Oreos are safe for dairy and soy free diets! Rice milk gets to be just as good as regular milk (i actually miss it with my oreos) and sunflower seed butter is an AMAZING peanut substitute! (most drs with advise you stay away from PB while BFing) Also, make sure you read the ingredients on your bread really well (it has a funny way of sneaking some whey or soy flour in on you) and there is really no substitute for cheese. The good news is that a dairy free diet is a GREAT way to loose weight AND this too shall pass! Believe me, you will feel like its never gonna end, but when it does, the feeling that goes along with getting everything back is worth the pain of loosing it in the first place, especially because you are doing a very important thing for your baby.

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Noreen - posted on 03/26/2011

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My daughter is allergic to cow's milk protien and I am off all foods like that too. It's not that difficult once you get used to it. I have been off all foods like that for 15months now. (My daughter is 18mo). To be honest, I have never felt better in my whole entire life!!

For baked goods, SOME boxed cake do not have milk protien in them. I buy Krutez and subisitute egg for banana or ground up flaxed seed. I usually just buy the banana nut muffins, smash 1 banana and add that instead of egg. You can't even tell it's vegan!! Oreo's are vegan.

I subisute soy milk for cows milk in my starbucks coffee. Be careful with caramel though because it does have milk in it. My favorite starbucks drink is a iced vanilla latte made with soy.

Instead of chocolate milk (how I miss that!) I drink dark chocolate almond milk! Can't even taste the difference. YUM!!!

And of course, I eat tons of veggies, especially spinach for iron and beans for protein.

I encourage you to really try to nurse your daughter until atleast 2. Children from 12-24 months NEED high milk fat for brain development. Something soy, almond, rice, coconut milk DOES NOT offer. Best of luck to you!! Feel free to pm me if you have any questions :)

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Brenda - posted on 11/20/2008

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My son is allergic to cow and goat's milk, soy, wheat, peanuts and eggs. I avoid all because they affect him, especially his eczema. We just found out 3 months ago (he is 15 mths now), and it was VERY hard at first. There are days I really miss my dairy, but then I remember how miserable he was and how much happier he is now, and it makes it all worth it. You definitely don't want to go to formula if you don't have to. Like someone else said, most have milk in them, so you would have to use the expensive, really yucky stuff... My son was tested for his allergies with a RAST blood test. I suspected the milk and egg, but the rest came as a shock! I know it's really hard now, but it does get easier as you get used to it.

Robyn - posted on 11/20/2008

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i am avoiding dairy as well. at 4 months old my son had blood in his stool and his pediatrician said milk is the likely culprit but that its probably temporary and that when they do the standard blood draw at 12 months they'd test for milk allergy then. in the meantime he said to cut out all dairy and slowly add it back starting with yogurt and cheese but that i'd probably not be able to drink a glass of milk until i'm no longer breastfeeding. he's now 6 months old and i have had the occasional frozen yogurt or slice of pizza and it doesn't seem to bother him. definitely make sure to get your calcium!

i agree with the others that formula probably isn't the way to go since most is milk/whey based and even the soy may give you problems. breast is best!

some things i like (mostly from whole foods):
- 'so delecious' brand yogurt made of cultured coconut milk
- chocolate soy milk, also there is a pumpkin flavor out now that is yummy warmed up a bit - if i have too much soy he gets gassy so i have to limit this - soy milk is fortified with calcium too
- calcium fortified orange juice
- adora calcium chocolates
- almond butter on toast or english muffin for breakfast (almonds have calcium)
- chicken salad in place of sandwich meat b/c i have a hard time eating a turkey sandwich with no cheese!

Kendra - posted on 11/20/2008

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i would suggest doing the testing though, like i said it takes up to two weeks to get the food out of your system. i had to work with a diet nutritionist and the LC to get my diet fit for what my dd needed. You may be cutting things out that you may not need to.

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My daughter is severely allergic to dairy, soy and numerous other things--darn genetics...

Although it is hard at first, it does get easier. You learn quickly what to look for and what brands to avoid. Kosher foods are great. Also, the FDA mandates products be clearly labled if they contain milk and soy.

Most, if not all, allergists will tell you going to formula is not your best option. First, regular formula is milk-based. Some soy formulas are also "contaminated" with milk. Specialty formulas are expensive and gross. Trust me on this...I am working toward my IBCLC and have had to use some of these formulas with clients. The smell alone makes you sick why would you give it to a baby? Not to mention BF can help reduce allergies and may help your child out grow them. What is a few months or even a year when it comes to what is best for baby.

Jaime - posted on 11/20/2008

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I'm off all dairy, onions and garlic - pretty blah diet. But it's worth it! My Jackson is so much happier now! When we do suppliment it's with a soy-based formula, but that still took some experimenting to find one that didn't upset his tummy. Definitely take calcium!! His doctor said we could have cake and ice cream on his first birthday - and I am sooooooooooooo looking forward to that!!! Best of luck!

Judy - posted on 11/20/2008

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My son is 9 months old and he has a diary, poultry, and egg intolerance. I've been avoiding these things for 5 months now... and I miss them! If you're slender to begin with, one thing to watch out for is that you don't loose too much weight .... or calcium. I take calcium supplements along with a prenatal vitamin. I'm below my target weight, but I try to bulk up on nuts, vegan baked goodies, breads, safe pastas, and meat! Jewish kosher markings (parve, "u", "d") are a very good guide in selecting grocery products that do not have dairy. There are two brands of soy yogurt that are really good: 0'Soy and Whole-Soy (cultures not grown on milk protein). I find most soy cheese really gross. I *love* Sharon's chocolate sorbet (dairy-free) and "Temptation" vegan ice creams. There are some great vegan baking cookbooks- everything from breads to pies to puddings to cupcakes and pancakes- it's all possible!

Kendra - posted on 11/19/2008

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i had to for a few months with my dd. it even took me not being able to breastfeed her for 2 weeks until all milk protien was out of my milk. she had to have some horrid formula and almost didnt eat for those two weeks. she had to have a ng tube inserted.

i went vegan. it was more healthy but took dedication.but i wanted her OFF the formula. plus it is soooooo expensive. you can do it!

noodles were the hardest for me to let go.

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I know your frustration! I found out my son was allergic to milk at about 5 months. I would talk with your Dr. and get your baby tested before making any decisions of switching to formula or not. Find out what you are dealing with, you may find it is something else. If is is a milk allergy and you continue to nurse....the longer you stay away from milk the easier it is. You will find food you enjoy and can eat!

Lisa - posted on 11/18/2008

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We haven't done a weal test or anything...just process of elimination. She was VERY fussy for weeks and seems better when I'm off all dairy products. Sometimes it is genetic and my father and uncle were both allergic.

Holly - posted on 11/18/2008

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My baby is 8 months old and dairy seems to really bother her too. If I don't eat it she's fine. If I do she doesn't sleep well, has lots of gas and bloating etc. I am starting to lay of the dairy. I don't know if it's the protein or lactose. How did you learn your baby is allergic?

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