Almond Milk for 1 year old?

Vicki-Lou - posted on 06/14/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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At risk of asking a question that has been asked before...
My daughter is coming to 1 year old. She had been breastfeeding up until 9-10 months, but sadly I ran dry. She had been on formula until recently, when my husband introduced her to his almond milk (he has a mild milk allergy and avoids all dairy). She loves it, so we are thinking of weaning her off the formula onto almond milk. Has anybody done this? What about the calorie/fat content? Should I feed her more servings of milk/food to keep up her calories/fat for the best growth? Should I add any vitamin supplements?
Also, before anyone says anything, I don't think raw milk will work. First of all, I don't believe there is sufficient evidence that raw milk will prevent outbreaks such as Listeria. I believe raw milk is fine right after you pump it, but between the point of the cow utters and my house, there are too many things that can happen that I would feel the milk to be safe. So, until I move to the country and own my own cow, raw milk is out.
Second of all, my daughter gets terrible, painful gas from cheeses, and sometimes yogurt. It is my understanding that these are fermented, so should not be a problem, and yet she's still in agony. I'm thinking it is genetic, as my husband has the same problem (bad gas/gastrointestinal pain after any dairy).
Advice? What worked for you?

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Heather - posted on 11/12/2012

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I know this was posted in 2011 but hoping to help future moms w this delimma. We just started offering almond milk to our 14 month old 2 weeks ago and her pediatrician recommended adding 1/2 tsp of flax oil + 1/2 tsp of melted coconut oil per 6oz of warmed almond milk. She is doing great with it. I would recommend asking your pediatrician :)

Vicki-Lou - posted on 07/24/2011

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My hubby usually soaks one cup of almonds every night and makes the 2 quarts every morning while giving her breakfast. That usually lasts a day lol :)
We use cheesecloth to strain the pulp from the milk. Usually 2 layers, sometimes more, depending on the quality of the cheesecloth.

I know the feeling with the teething. We've found that a dab of vanilla extract (not the imitation) on the gums can help, as well as those frozen teething rings. We've survived 6 teeth thus far using vanilla and frozen teething rings. Good luck!

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Hi Vicki-Lou! I sent you a PM and just realized you started this for your babe around 1 year. Pardon my question about the age you started on almond milk! Anyway..have a fabulous day!

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Heather - posted on 12/02/2012

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Never heard of hemp oil, but as long as it has the calories that flax has I'm sure it would work great. I've read great things about hemp milk as well but haven't tried it with my LO.

Jessica - posted on 11/17/2012

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Thanks Heather

For your input in this post. Looking at giving almond milk to my son age 1. Love the idea of the flax and coconut oil. Wondering if Hemp oil would be even better than flax.

Donna - posted on 10/06/2011

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i have never tried it, dont even know the content. I have heard goat milk is better than cows milk, so I would think almond milk would be fine. maybe even healthier bc almonds are healthy

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Awesome, thanks again Vicki-Lou. Do you make this a few times a week or so to keep up w/ your lo...and hubby?:) I've been making it for my hubby and I - i use my fine mesh strainer and need one of those nutmilk bags as it seems like the process would be easier.

I can imagine the 1:2 or 1:3 ration would be delish!!

Vicki-Lou - posted on 07/24/2011

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This is the link to the original recipe I used. http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/2010/08/do-nu... I don't add anything to the milk, though the site suggests anywhere to vanilla extract to cinnamon or peppermint extract. I'm sure coconut milk is fine, but I would introduce the coconut milk by itself first to make sure there are no reactions.

My husband likes the milk thicker, so he usually does it with a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio. He also adds just a dash of salt.

I'm going to try the almond milk with coconut possibly this week, after we do our grocery shopping.

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Yay! That is awesome! What is your ratio w/ almonds to water? I'm not sure what route I'll go - the main recipe I keep looking at is 1 cup almonds to 4 cups water and then add a couple of Tablespoons of coconut milk. I don't know - there are so many recipes out there!

Cool that your ped was great with it. There are so many awesome nutrients in other foods to supplement!

Best wishes to you - I'm sure I'll check back in as I'll be curious to hear how things are going. We'll be right where you are in a couple of months as our wee one will be 1:)

Vicki-Lou - posted on 07/23/2011

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Thank you ladies for your replies! It helps to know I'm not the only one researching this.
I've discussed this with her pediatrician, and she said almond milk is a great substitute, but she did say she will need some supplement for the calories. She suggest Carnation Instant Breakfast, but my LO didn't like it. Currently, we are making the milk from scratch (retains for values that way) and feeding her 5 meals a day (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, one dinner).
AJ - thank you very much for the coconut milk suggestion! It sounds delicious. I will probably try it next weekend if all goes well.

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Vicki - did you ever come up with a solution? I'm still researching and still plan to wean to almond and coconut milk. I'm nervous as I wish I could have nursed her - but - I'll work hard at supplementing her w/ good fats and power foods! Let me know how you are doing and if you've made a decision for your wee one!

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Hi there! I am VERY curious about your very question. Our daughter is a couple of months away from being one and I'm also looking for alternatives as she cannot have dairy. I make homemade almond milk for my husband and I which I would love to give to her - a better option than store bought as there would be more fat and nutrients. Almonds have natural calcium as well. After researching, I read that adding a touch of young thai coconut milk is a great addition to each batch. I can send you the recipe, if you need it.



Have you come up with a solution? We have the exact same issue w/ our daughter - painful gas - all things dairy - even goat milk.



I hope there are other moms who will reply! Let me know if you've come up with something great and trustworthy!



I'm also curious about the debate of the whole nut allergy issue. Delaying can cause it - or introducing too early can cause it? It is SO wearisome to hear all of the opinions.



Here is a helpful link you may find useful - i think the almond or coconut option looks great - rice - well - a bit empty? Anyway:



http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2...

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