What can I give my son in place of milk when once he is weaned off the breast?

Brianna - posted on 01/20/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is now 9 months and still nursing frequently, but I am not sure I plan to breastfeed too long past 1 year. He has a milk protein allergy (which I am assured by docs he will outgrow in a couple of years) so he cannot have milk or milk-based supplements when he turns 1 as many children do. He gets poly-vi-sol daily, but I am concerned about him lacking the nutrition he needs once I stop nursing him. What can I give my son in place of milk when once he is weaned off the breast?

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User - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter is now 4 and is allergic to milk, egg, beef, pork, and treenuts. When I weaned her I used Silk Soy milk Vanilla. It tastes much better than regular soy milk, and the sugar isn't that much different. If you go to the Chocolate flavor the sugars go up. She is still drinking that daily. We use if for everything, including baking and meals, you can't taste the difference when cooked in things and it does the same purpose. I know she's a little young but when she starts eating goodies or in cooking we use Earth's Balance either soy or canola for butter. Don't mix it up with Smart Balance, which has milk proteins in it. Anyway, the butter does the same trick in baking as regular butter, so just substitute it out in recipes. Good luck. There is also soy yogurts, make sure you look at the brand some have milk proteins in them. Drives me nuts. Also, watch the vegan cheeses most have milk in them. Tofutti brand and Veganrella are the only ones I can find that are okay. Veganrella actually melts half decent. My dauther uses tofutti on sandwhiches it comes in slices and Veganrella for other. Icecream we do SoDelicious icecreams, the kids don't know the difference. It comes in all different flavors and things. This can all be found at Whole Foods. Sometimes Shoprites. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 01/20/2010

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Soy Milk and it taste pretty good tood. You can buy it flavored and everything.

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Hi! If your son has milk protein allergy, he can't have goats milk! Milk protein is very similar in all ruminant animals (cow, goat, seep). You can use soy milk but it's proteins are very similar to milk protein so I wouldn't recommend it. It is highly allergen, and it contains a great amount of hormones. Almond milk is very allergen too.
We use rice milk now, but earlier my daughter had special formula made for children with milk allergy (Sinlac). If you can, really should breastfeed him, so you can improve his chance to grow out the allergy. I had to stop breastfeeding when she was 1 year old because I lost a lot of weight so I couldn't do it longer.

Katie - posted on 01/27/2010

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Keep breastfeeding until 2 as recommended by the WHO and AAP unless you really HAVE to stop. Once he's older you'll more options to round out his allergy. My son had a milk allergy, at about 15 mos we were able to give him goat milk. Right at 2 he was able to drink cow milk as well. I used coconut oil and coconut milk in addition to some of the other recommendations.

Amanda - posted on 01/26/2010

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Oh! I can't believe I forgot about the Earth Balance! Yes! I second that- wonderful product! It even comes in Organic. We still use it, actually. I cook with it, bake with it... . The taste isn't even something you have to "get used to". It's great right off the bat. :)

Amanda - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi! My oldest son, Ethan was severely allergic to milk, peanuts, egg, chocolate and tree nuts. He has outgrown all but the tree nut/ peanut allergies. When I stopped nursing him, we went right to soy milk. Some people have reservations giving their boys soy milk (mixed studies/info), but there is also rice milk which is what we drink now. I wouldn't recommend almond milk because he already has a known food allergy and nuts might not be a good idea for a while. There is also hemp "milk", but that's kind of "out there" for me.
We found the "Animal Parade" multi vitamins and calcium supplements which are free of common allergens- including milk. As long as you make sure he's getting a suitable substitute (most are fortified just like milk) and maybe adding in the calcium supplement, he should be good to go in the dairy department. Broccoli has a lot of calcium, as well. Ethan still loves it :). Our pediatrician was concerned about Ethan because he couldn't get the usual weight-gaining calories through dairy like most children ( cheese, etc...), so she actually told us to give him french fries and chips!!! We took another route and gave him a lot of avocados and bananas- healthy fats. We also used to give him soy yogurt at least once a day. He loved it and it was an easy mini-meal. Oh, this is just an aside, he was allergic to dairy until he was seven. Most soy ice cream was contaminated with other things he was allergic to. We would cut a banana into chunks, freeze the chunks and then toss them into a blender. It had a very ice-cream- like consistency and a great flavor. He had that on every birthday with his allergy-free birthday cake :).

User - posted on 01/21/2010

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You can get earth's balance at shoprite also. Duncan Hines has one type of cake mix that you can use, if it's only a dairy allergy. It's the yellow cake mix. It just has wheat in it. There are a couple other odd flavors Duncan Hines also makes. I usually go into a store that has cakes made up and take a picture on my cell phone and then copy it. Sometimes you can find pictures on line. There are lots of icing's you can use too, not too many chocolates though. Pillsbury icing is usually good. I'm glad to help, I know how it felt to be in your position with the child that age and a whole new world of how to feed your child properly when they became of age to eat. It's hard but you'll get it quick and it will become second nature for you. Happy 1st to your daughter.

Brianna - posted on 01/21/2010

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Wow! Thanks a lot, Wendy, I had no idea there were so many options out there! I am researching ideas for my son’s 1st birthday (cup)cake and I will definitely go to Whole Foods for that Earth’s Balance!

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