Weaning from formula to milk with slight allergy?

Heather - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




My son turned one yesterday. When I weaned him from my breast at seven months, we had trouble finding formula that didn't leave him either constipated or having severe diarrhea and skin rashes. What eventually worked was Similac Sensitive which is milk based, but lactose free. Now I am wondering what type of milk I should introduce to him to begin weaning him from the formula. Does anyone else's babies have a milk allergy and if so, what milk do they drink?


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Christine - posted on 03/13/2016




My son is also on Similac sensitive , he's 11 months and I'm also a little worried switching him over to milk. He never really broke out in a rash or with diarrhea. . But he did have aweful tummy turmoil and gurgle and very bad gas when he was a newborn. The nurse at the hospital suggested the lactose free formula and that seemed to be the best option
I'm lactose free but my partner is not. So we're going to try both. (trial and error right) in preperation I have been mixing 1/3 milk based and 2/3 lactose free formula. A little gassy and soft stools but I haven't seen diarrhea.
If yours had a hard time digesting the milk proteins at first I'd suggest what I'm doing , so the body doesn't get sent into shock.. ease your way up to it.

Heather - posted on 05/15/2010




Thank you everyone, so much! I think I'll try the lactaid stuff first and work from there! I appreciate everyone's comments!

Shannon - posted on 05/14/2010




(smaller gonads, lol!)

I'm sorry but I'm a soy distruster too because of the plant estrogens - and there's SO much soy slipped into so many food items that we're all getting over-dosed with the stuff in our diets as it is!

Our daughter was lactose intolerant too and did well on lactose-free formula. When we switched her over to milk, Lactaid was our best friend. I tried those lactaid drops that you can use to treat regular milk but they didn't do a good enough job (still had some reaction/diarhea etc). But buying the off-the-shelf lactaid in the cartons was perfect. The milk is completely lactose-free.

She did great on that until age 2 when we started introducing regular milk again. She's great now... our pediatrician said that lots of kids can grow out of these sensitivities around 2-3 yrs old and he was right with our little girl. Doesn't seem to have any problems anymore.

Lactaid is also a really inexpensive fix... its barely more expensive that regular milk.

Good Luck!

Anita - posted on 05/14/2010




Both my girls and I are allergic to dairy. I breastfed them until over 14mths then just water or rice milk. Rice milk has enough calcium and if he just has a lactose intolerance he should be able to have yoghurt. Soy contains plant oestrogens which may cause early puberty in girls - not sure what it does to boys!

Ashley - posted on 05/12/2010




Mix the bottle or sippy cup ... half with regular milk and the other half with soy milk. It works! My daughter had stomach problems when we gave her straight milk for the first time... and our doctor suggested to use half milk and half soy and we've been doing it since.

Iridescent - posted on 05/12/2010




We have 3 children with milk allergies, and have them all on Rice milk as one is also allergic to Soy.

Danielle - posted on 05/12/2010




I have heard soy based milk is good but if it were me I think I would consult my son's doctor first and see what he thought was best.

Gwen - posted on 05/12/2010




My daughter drinks fortified Rice Milk available at Walmart and most larger grocery stores.

Julie - posted on 05/12/2010




My son has a the highest level of milk allergies hes allergic to all cow protean and soy :( I had him on a percription for Neocate formuila then when he turned 1 I slowley put him on Enriched Rice milk .He loves it and have had no bloody diarrhea or vomiting etc. For you just soy milk or Rice boath are good and have all the required nutrishion your child needs . Good luck !!

Katharine - posted on 05/12/2010




My oldest couldn't have milk-based formula...so when I switched her to milk at one I used a soy-based milk. She can drink regular milk now (she'll be 7 in July) but only in small amounts. I would try a lactose free milk...I think their is one called lactaid....its very good...kinda sweet! Good luck!

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