Milk Protein Allergy?

Anna - posted on 03/17/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Anyone have any experience with this? My daughter may have this, and I'm new to a non-dairy diet.

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Brittney - posted on 08/01/2009

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My daughter had the same problem when she was still pretty new. I was nursing her and had to completely cut dairy out of my diet. If you go to a local health food store they can give you all kinds of dairy free ideas...some that are too bad. She is 2 now and had out grown out of it by the time she was about a year old or so. it is tough but there are ways around it. I wish you the best of luck. If you have any other questions let me know.

Shayla - posted on 08/01/2009

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Dairy- ie cows breast milk was meant for baby cows, not humans!
This is a long post, so I apologize in advance, however this is something I am passionate about!
There is a great site to begin to understand the effects of dairy on our bodies... www.notmilk.com. For a hilarious/sad read, check out what they say about reeses peanut butter cups! Yikes!
I find it so funny when I hear and adult say that "they are lactose intolerant"... I respond by saying... "no, you are weaned!" At a certain point, our bodies stop producing the enzyme needed to digest milk, we were never meant to consume breast milk past the age of weaning. Human breast milk and cow breast milk have the same growth hormone. When we consume dairy in any form, our body says... okay I need to grow. However, most of us have gotten as tall as we are going to get, so our body only has one way to expand… out!!!!
Did you know that in the USA we have some of the highest rates of osteoporosis and broken hip bones in our elderly? So if milk does a body good.. .why is there such a shortage of calcium in our bones?
When we eat animal products they are acidic, this causes an imbalance in our bodies since we are alkaline based. Your body has to change it from acidic to alkaline. In order to do this, it has to neutralize the acid using calcium. There are two places your body can obtain calcium- your bones and your kidneys. The leaching of calcium from your bones causes them to become weak and brittle, also this is the cause of kidney stones. All of this can be avoided by consuming a plant based diet. If the largest mammals in the world can produce strong healthy bodies- elephants, giraffes, zebras, and cows etc. by eating plants, so can we. Besides why get our nutrition second hand when we can get it right from the source, plants?
There are much better sources for calcium than milk and protein than eggs and meat.
If you are interested and want to know more about nutrition and health, just ask!! I am happy to help.
Shayla

Coralyn - posted on 07/30/2009

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my daughter is 3 1/2 months old and she had the allergy to the milk protein in the formula so we had to switch her to soy formula. my doctor saud she probably wont be affected by milk as she gets older but just to watch her.



soy milk is actually not that bad. i used to drink it as well when i was a vegan. also depending on how much it affects you you will need to watch out for everything which contains milk. but nowadays there is always an alternative. good luck

Charlene - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son has a milk protien allergy, he can eat things with milk, but cannot drink milk. He drinks silk soy milk.He is 4 years old .I would talk to your doctor , my son was on eleCare when younger and he did great.

Dawn - posted on 07/28/2009

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you could also try rice milk.. its a sweeter taste so she will like it and its natural. i know a few friend that have that problem with their children and they love rice milk and this also depends on how old you daughter is if shes 6 months or older is shouldn't be a problem.. but talk to you doctor about other options! good luck!!

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We buy Chapmans sorbet at NoFrills or Zerhs, although, I guess if you are in the states, that's not really useful for you. If you do try another brand, and find you don't like it, don't give up! We tried one brand's Rainbow Sorbet and the raspberry tasted like cough syrup and the lime reminded me of mold! So glad we didn't try that one first or I never would have had it again.



I can't imagine how difficult it would be to plan a menu with the restraints you have! It's hard enough to do without milk ingredients, keeping track of soy ingredients is even harder, and then to add low sodium into the mix - what a challenge.



If you haven't already found this - most fast food places have online allergy info and some major chains (like Swiss Chalet) do. Other chains like Boston Pizza or East Side Mario's have allergy guides in restaurant that you can ask to look at before ordering.  You are probably already aware, but just in case - when shopping be sure to look for the non-obvious milk ingredients, like whey and casein. Here are a few sites I found useful: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa..., http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uva... (soy bean oil is generally considered safe for those with soy allergies).

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We buy Chapmans sorbet at NoFrills or Zerhs, although, I guess if you are in the states, that's not really useful for you. If you do try another brand, and find you don't like it, don't give up! We tried one brand's Rainbow Sorbet and the raspberry tasted like cough syrup and the lime reminded me of mold! So glad we didn't try that one first or I never would have had it again.



I can't imagine how difficult it would be to plan a menu with the restraints you have! It's hard enough to do without milk ingredients, keeping track of soy ingredients is even harder, and then to add low sodium into the mix - what a challenge.



If you haven't already found this - most fast food places have online allergy info and some major chains (like Swiss Chalet) do. Other chains like Boston Pizza or East Side Mario's have allergy guides in restaurant that you can ask to look at before ordering.  You are probably already aware, but just in case - when shopping be sure to look for the non-obvious milk ingredients, like whey and casein. Here are a few sites I found useful: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa..., http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/uva... (soy bean oil is generally considered safe for those with soy allergies).

Anna - posted on 04/07/2009

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Thanks for all of the support and info. I haven't found any of the sorbet yet- maybe I will be able to try it one day. You're right- avoiding foods is the easiest. One of the things I am having a lot of difficulty with right now is that I was just diagnosed with Meniere's disease, thus I am now on a low sodium diet as well. Trying to balance the no dairy and soy diet with low sodium (less than 2,000 mg daily) can be overwhelming. I appreciate all of the tips!

Heather - posted on 04/07/2009

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Sorry I am coming in late in the game. Hope all is going well. If you want to email me, I have alot of websites you can visit. Whether it is from making your own food, to buying in the grocery store to eatting at fast food places. My son, now almost 1 was diagnosed @ around 1 month+. Though I was able to eat soy, it is still very hard, but after awhile you get used to... Glad to hear she is doing well w/ your diet. Again, feel free to email me and I can send along all those websites. Heather211@yahoo.com

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Yeah, some babies do react the same to soy as dairy. I use rice milk as a subsitute instead, even though my boy doesn't seem to mind soy. Although, I haven't really cooked with it, just in baking.  I believe my sister used it all the time though.  I'll have to take a  look through some of the meals I make to see if they are soy free, too, and let you know. A lot of the time, I just end up avoiding things. I rarely eat pasta anymore, because it's just not the same with out cheese or cream sauces, and ninety-five percent of the time when we eat potates we roast them with some spices, so that butter isn't needed. Sorbet is our ice cream substitue, and homemade baking with rice milk and shortening, instead of store bought goodies.



I'm glad to hear that the diet is helping your little girl. It's always such a relief to know that they are feeling better.

Anna - posted on 04/06/2009

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Thanks for asking... I'm adjusting to the new diet. It's harder to cook without dairy than I thought, because a lot of the substitutes are soy. Abby apparently is allergic to soy as well. Her reflux is definitely much better without soy or dairy! I won't complain. If you have any great non-dairy recipes, please pass them my way! =c)

Laura - posted on 03/20/2009

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my ydaughter had a terrible problem with this right from the start. It took us a lot of time, effort, and tears to figure out that nutramigen formula was the only thing that she could tolerate. She could not even tolerate breast milk, only nutramigen until she was 7 months old, we then switched her to Gentlease formula.

Tish - posted on 03/19/2009

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I have a 15 month old daughter that is also allergic to milk, it can be very tricky. I myself am sensitive but can tolerate much more than she can. When she was first born she spit up all the time, I was unable to breastfeed because of medications i had to go back on immediately after having my daughter.
It can be tricky to find foods that are non-dairy that are also approriate for a young child... at least that is my current issue. My daughter is still drinking a soy based formula because she refuses to drink any type of soy milk (i have tried at least 7 types) it is trial and error all the way for sure, and can get very nerve racking. I have made several trips to "health food stores" they have all types of items there that are dairy free... you have to make very sure to read labels because many items that claim to be dairy free still have milk proteins in them. I find that when i buy what i call "fake cheese and butter" to get the vegan varieties because they are 100% dairy free. I hope this helps, also there are several recipes i have found online for non-dairy foods if you are not keen on the subject. If you need any help or anything let me know I have had alittle practice. ha

Stephanie - posted on 03/19/2009

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My youngest daughter is lactos in tollerant what we do is buy her latose free milk witch has all the same calcium and nutrients she needs just minus the lactos, just try to keep her away from dairy products and she should be fine.

Anna - posted on 03/18/2009

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It was worth every penny- we ended up getting one used, so we didn't pay full price. But, knowing how much it helped, I would have paid double the new price. It was great for our little one!

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I've heard good things about the Amby bed. Considered one ourselves, but didn't end up doing it.

Anna - posted on 03/18/2009

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Thanks everyone for the info... thankfully, she sleeps great. She was a horrible slepper until we bought an amby bed.... ever since then, she sleeps through the night every night by herself. Such a blessing!

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You aren't alone. If there is anything I can do to help... It is such a relief when they start doing better.  Does she have trouble sleeping as well?

Jessica - posted on 03/18/2009

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my son is 20 months n has the same allery to dairy he has it from the time he was borm he got reflux from the normal formula.... there are so many no dairy foods out there. but u hav to read everything tho cause stuff that u uwldnt think has milk in it does like all the baby food hav milk soilds in them even alll the fruit one...my docotr told me just to put my son on fresh milk when he was 6 monthz old.. there is one called vitasoy it cums in all different types u can get one that his high in calcium n vitamin n high in fibre, they evn cum in chocolate n strawberry flavour milks aswell...alot of green veggies are rele good for ur child with dairy allergies.. both me n my dad hav an allery to dairy so i new wat to do..speak to health nurse she gave me a whole list of stuff like foods u should give ur child more off cause of the allery good luck

Anna - posted on 03/18/2009

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Thanks- that's really helpful. Well, I'm only 2 days into finding out that dairy is the big problem. I know anything where milk is the main ingredient is a HUGE no-no. Since it'll take about 2 weeks for all of the milk protein I have already eaten to get out of my milk supply, I guess I won't know how completely sensitive she is until then. I'll just try to introduce a little bit in at that point to see what happens. It helps to know I am not going through this alone. It's been discouraging, but at least, there is hope in sight that we may get her reflux under control.

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Oh, have to add - if you need to avoid milk in chocolate, PC chocolate chips are dairy free. They've been my life savers a little bit. Also, Lindt dark chocolate bars are safe. Good quality chocolate, especially if you enjoy the dark.

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LOL That's an understatement! My favourite foods are cheese and chocolate, and I can't eat either. I'm also a HUGE ice cream fan - we used to eat it several times a week. I miss it soo much.  But, we have found that sorbet (not sherbert), is an ok substitute.



That's exactly what we  have gone through, too. It actually got to the point where I can't have any foods with milk ingredients. Originally, I could just avoid obvious diary products, but then I ate some potatoes cooked with milk and it put us back on a reflux cycle and I've had to avoid all milk ingredients since. I've found that you have to check ingredients on everything - every time. I was eating PC's chicken strips and nuggets, but then they changed the recipe and now I can't eat them anymore.



Have you found your daughter to be that sensitive? Or does just avoiding major dairy work for you? Both my sisters have been through the same thing with her boys, but one was able to just avoid pure milk and she was okay - could even eat cheese without problem since it is processed differently.  There are soy based products you can try, but I would go slowly since she could react to them also.  If you have to be really careful, I've found that baking with rice milk works well. I haven't gotten up the nerve to try it on it 's own though.



Butter doesn't actually have much milk protein in it, so if she isn't that senstive, you may still be able to use it. If not, I put spices or olive oil on my potates instead of butter and make toast without it (just peanut butter).



Anyways, I suppose I could go on, but may be giving you info you don't need.  I will say, it does get a bit easier, you do get used to it, even if you never really stop missing the dairy products (what I wouldn't give for a Caramilk bar, or some Rolo ice cream), and having your baby doing better, is a huge relief.

Anna - posted on 03/18/2009

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I'm really at a loss for what to ask about. We found out that she was allergic to it when I eliminated it from my diet (I am breastfeeding) and her reflux got instantly better. I guess I was just looking to see if anyone else had been through this too. It's hard to eat non-dairy.

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We're going throught that too. Do you have any specific questions? It's definitely challenging to take dairy out of your diet. How sensitive is she? Are you still breast-feeding? Does she react to it through your milk?



Sometimes soy is a good substitute, but because the protein in soy is similar to the protein in milk, some babies will still react to it.

Sherri - posted on 03/17/2009

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my daughter is 20 moths old and she is allergy to dairy as well.It really is a tough one to deal with.I recently told by my doctor that she should be on soya formula,she loves and is gaining more weight too.There is alot of stuff out there that is soya based like cheese,yogurt etc.I also got ahold of a nutrionist that helped alot too she had plenty of good pointers for me too,also searching it online was a huge help.Good luck!

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