Need help with a dairy-free diet for a almost 3 year old.

Cecilia - posted on 09/20/2013 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby has never been a big eater. The last few weeks she complained about belly pain and eats so little it scared me. I took her to the doctor and now 2 weeks later after so many tests we don't have an answer. The doctor told me to remove dairy from her diet for now to try it.

Which is fine but all I've really been getting into her lately is dairy. She loves cheese and yogurt. I don't even know what to give her for breakfast because she loves eggs in the morning fried in real butter. Anything else and she won't eat it. Seriously she's that picky.

Every night before bed she has a glass of hot chocolate. So I did pick up chocolate almond milk and we did not mess up her night time routine.

I'm scared that she is going to lose even more weight. she has already lost 3 pounds in 3 weeks. Ideas or recipes would be greatly appreciated.

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Cecilia - posted on 09/23/2013

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I don't think we're avoiding lactose. I have to ask the doctor more specific questions on Wed. when we see him again. Or if we're even going to keep doing it since I called this morning and all the bloodwork,x-rays, and urine came back pretty normal. We really don't know what we're dealing with right now. Just her belly hurts about 20 minutes after eating anything solid.

She does like hard cheese and will eat them even when she won't eat much else.

I always make breakfast for dinner. All my kids like it.

I knew about the goats milk because as a baby that's what my mom gave me since I was unable to breast feed, and they didn't have formulas like they do today.

As far as icecream goes, its more simple than you think, slice a banana and freeze it and throw it into a food processor. It's really good :) . They have a machine called yo-nanas. Basically the same thing.

I'll try the coconut oil then and see. I went out and got evo flavored like butter for now and it seems to be working for her.

Raven - posted on 09/23/2013

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Eggs fried in coconut oil are good. There's an olive oil spread "earth naturals" i think that tastes a lot like butter. Oatmeal is a good breakfast standby. My kids can't do gluten or lactose, so I feel you. It's hard. Really yogurt has very little lactose, and the harder the cheese the better, like parmesan. Also, many kids who can't do cow, can do goat, because the allergen levels are so much lower. When my kids are really fussy I try "dinner for breakfast" or vice versa, like last nights pasta and sauce warmed up, or chicken and potatoes in the morning. Or maybe eggs and sausage at night. It sounds weird but we started juicing in the vitamix last January, and they really balked at first, but now they do it every morning, something like cucumber, kale, raspberries, strawberries, celery apple, and a little almond or coconut milk, some chia seeds. Freeze some lemonade and make "ice cream" something a little sweet. I wish you luck. My son doesn't like coconut, but he doesn't seem to realize when I use the oil to fry????

Cecilia - posted on 09/23/2013

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Right now she is on Silk chocolate flavored milk. She does not like the soya cheese. I will try Daiya. She will be so happy to have pizza. She begged me to get her some today while we were out. I had to tell her no, so she asked for pasta. She likes pasta served with white sauce so once again I had to tell her no. Just about killed me to say no to food she wants when she is losing weight. She did settle for a italian wedding soup and crackers.

I forget the brand of butter we bought but she didn't like it so thanks for the suggestion.

She doesn't like coconut so that idea is out.

Thanks ladies for all the help. I really do appreciate it.

Jen - posted on 09/23/2013

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I don't eat any dairy and neither does my 1 year old son. I like WholeSoy yogurt, but it is currently unavailable (should be back on the shelves soon). Right now we are eating SoDelicious coconut yogurt, which has good fats (coconut saturated fatty acids are healthy) but no protein. :( I mix the plain yogurt with fruit, it's quite yummy. As for a butter substitute, Earth Balance Organic Whipped Buttery Spread is the best. Daiya brand cheese is the best dairy-free melted cheese (like for pizzas or quesadillas, etc) but sadly there isn't much in stores that is good sliced and unmelted. Soymilk is better than almond milk for protein, but some soymilks are "beanier" than others. Silk, Earth Balance and Whole Foods brands are the least "beany" tasting and are fortified with lots of good stuff like calcium, vitamin D, etc.

Joanna - posted on 09/21/2013

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Yeah - but there are lots af choices now - you'll see as soon as you ask at your local grocery store you will be amazed at the choices - it's come a long way from our days of growing up without being able to take dairy! Look online too -milkfreekids.com and ella's kitchen?

Cecilia - posted on 09/21/2013

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I will look for those.I'm lactose intolerant also but I just always avoided dairy my whole life so never really learned how to do it.

Joanna - posted on 09/21/2013

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I would suggest trying the soya yoghurt and cheese products - they are usually fortified with calcium and vitamins A and D. I am lactose intolerant and also feed them to my 9 month old. He also eats dairy though but I don't like the idea of giving him a predominantly dairy diet.

Cecilia - posted on 09/21/2013

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I just need some choices for her. Are their milk free cheeses for example. Anything similar to yogurt?

I'm mostly worried because since she stopped eating every night she gets a boost for kids, a nutritional supplement drink. Now that isn't allowed. I was kinda relying on that to make up for the loss of vitamin, minerals and calories.

Joanna - posted on 09/21/2013

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Hi - have you tried soya alternatives or are you concerned about their level of process-ness?

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