I want to stop breastfeeding at 1 year but my son has a dairy allergy suggestions please

Sarah - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my son is now ten months old and i have always breastfed him as he has a dairy allergy but i want to stop when he turns one but not sure wat to give him as he can't have cows milk. I have tried to give him soya formula but he refuses to drink it for anyone including my mum and husband please help.

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Marysia - posted on 08/13/2012

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I've noticed a lot of people use rice milk as an alternative for cow's milk. I was recommended by my daughters allergy dietitian not use this ( Rice dream especially) on kids under 5 as it contains some levels of Arsenic. Levels that are usually just discarded by an older person, but as babies are drinking so much milk it wasn't recommended at such a young age. Has anybody else heard about this? We've resorted to using oat milk and coconut milk as not very keen on a high soya diet. They are both mild tasting and cooking with them is very easy.

Heather - posted on 05/22/2012

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Try goats milk...but I agree with a post above you should strive to nurse until he's 2years old.
My son gets excema from cows milk, so as a baby I had to discontinue any dairy products from my diet, but I was slowly able to start eating them again when he was probably 10months old. He's 3.5years now and his excema isn't as bad, but if he eats too much yoghurt it comes back.
He doesn't seem to have a problem with goats milk.

Sarah - posted on 02/01/2012

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We are fortunate and do not have a dairy problem in this house, however, we do use a wide variety of milks. You can always try Rice Milk (start out with maybe a vanilla and wean from there) but Rice Milk is not good for Protein or Fat. We drink a lot of Almond Milk. My son loves it. And other than the sugar content it is very good for you. We also drink Hemp Milk, which is very healthy! And there's always coconut milk! But please, talk to your doctor before your decision! Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 02/01/2012

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We are fortunate and do not have a dairy problem in this house, however, we do use a wide variety of milks. You can always try Rice Milk (start out with maybe a vanilla and wean from there) but Rice Milk is not good for Protein or Fat. We drink a lot of Almond Milk. My son loves it. And other than the sugar content it is very good for you. We also drink Hemp Milk, which is very healthy! And there's always coconut milk! But please, talk to your doctor before your decision! Good luck!

Deena - posted on 01/27/2012

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If he can get calcium from foods then why worry about him drinking milk? My son when through a time when he didn't drink much of the rice milk.

Jenna - posted on 01/26/2012

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My daughter has the same sort of problem I am currently breastfeeding but would.like to stop but she is allergic to milk, all dairy soya rice wheat oats eggs coconut I have been given formula by the pediatrics and dietitians but nothing seems to work does anyone have any suggestions I have tried to sweeten it with vanilla essence but she won't take it!

Michelle - posted on 06/18/2010

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my daughter cant have cows milk or soya due to allergies she has been given a few different formulas now by the doctor neocate, nutramigin she isnt too keen drinking them but we add flavourings to them like crusha sugar free and she loves it we also use it in cooking as a milk substitute she is also under a dietition who has been a great help with her foods and drinking

Ariel - posted on 06/11/2010

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Kyla, just read your comment and wanted to point out that the Enriched Rice Dream contains 30% of RDA of calcium in 8 ozs. You must have been getting the Original style instead of the Enriched. Of course if you were buying it 7 years ago they may not have offered the Enriched option yet.

Kyla - posted on 06/11/2010

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About rice milk I dont know what kind the other moms are using but the brand Rice Dream has almost no calcium in it I and is not recommended to be given to children under 5 this is printed on the containor. I only know this because my now 8yo son is allergic to milk protein and used to be allergic to soy so we had no choice but to give him this but we had to work very hard to get food with enough calcium in it in his diet.

Kyla - posted on 06/11/2010

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Breastfed babies usually dont like the taste of any formula. Have you tried to give him soy milk instead of the formula the vanilla flavored one is pretty good both of my older kids drink it and I have tried it too, it tastes alot like a milkshake

Ariel - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son is also allergic to milk, all dairy actually. I spent quite a bit of time checking into what would be an effective milk substitute for him. So here's the low-down:
--2nd year formulas: cna be bought in soy or lactose free or hypoallergenic varieties, these are formulas designed to provide the nutrition a child between 12 months and 24 months old requires and normally gets in whole milk, but without the offending allergens or lactose. They are expensive and there's no reason to use them if you can get the nutrients your baby needs from real foods.
--soy milk: Only use regular, not low fat! Will not be appropriate for babies who have soy allergies (obviously). While soy milk contains lots of protein and a decent amount of fat, and is often fortified with calcium, it does not necessarily contain the other nutrients that 1 and 2 year olds need. Milk is fortified with Vitamins A&D, and B Vitamins, soy milk is most often not.
--rice milk: Enriched or Fortified rice milks contain almost exactly the same amounts of A, D, and B vitamins as whole milk, it is also equivalent in calcium. It has little protein though and is fat free. If your baby is getting adequate fats and proteins in their diet from solid foods rice milk is an acceptable milk substitute. If your family is vegan or vegetarian, or your little one drinks most of their meals and eats few solids still your baby will need to replace those healthy fats and proteins with something else in their diets.
None of these should ever be given to a child under age 1!

Jessica - posted on 01/02/2010

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Try lactose free milk. My son is very lactose intolerant and has been since I quit breastfeeding and my son is now almost 4 years old and still can't drink regular milk.

Kerry - posted on 01/02/2010

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my son's dietation said dont give rice milk to children under 5 as it grows on the plant the cemicals levees maybe farmfull to infants.

Try inforsoy fumuler you can buy this or get it on prescription

LaDonna - posted on 11/29/2009

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My daughter (15 months) also has dairy allergies. She drinks fortified rice milk. I think it actually tastes pretty good.

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First, you should try to BF for 2 yrs. It will help your son's allergies. You could always pump and give the breastmilk in a cup. That is what I do with my 3 yr old. She has 9 different food allergies. She can't have rice, soy or almond milk. I use zuccini milk for cooking. It is cheaper than coconut milk but you have to have the time to make it (I have the recipe if you are interested). I really can't blame him for not wanting soy formula. Have you ever tried it? It is nasty. Anyway, once he is a yr you could always try vanilla flavored soy or rice milk.

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2009

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You may want to try Rice milk. Are you sure it's cows milk or just a lactose intolerance (which is the natural sugar in milk? Has he been tested for the allergy? My son has lactose intolerance and couldn't even drink soy milk. They do have a lactose free milk.

Michelle - posted on 11/06/2009

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my daughter drinks coconut milk but you really should consider continuing to nurse and supplementing with rice almond or coconut milk since it's the best way tomake sure your baby is getting what he needs even with the allergy issue

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