How to ween my son when he's 1, allergic to dairy

Shannon - posted on 12/29/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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What do I give my son instead of whole milk? I'm breast feeding him now but I'd like to ween him around 12 months or so to go back to work, thats only 2 months away so I'm confused about how to do this. I know that I can give him soy milk (silk) but it doesn't meet all the nutritional value guidelines like whole milk does... Any mom's who have gone through this please let me know what you did. thanks so much

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User - posted on 01/01/2010

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well soy milk is bad for babies they need the fat in whole milk. So my little guy was weaned off lactose free whole milk/

Kath - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son who had an intolerance to milk from the get go was perfect on the solids i provided and soy milk. I just ensured that the foods were higher in those vitamins were included more in his diet. The multivitamin in addition to this should be ok, but i agree with earlier posts, contact his paediatrician or dietition, they r the authorities.Good luck!

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Gwen - posted on 09/12/2012

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I used fortified rice milk. It is enriched w/ calcium, etc. I was able to find it at Wal Mart and another local grocery chain.

Kids can also get many of their recommended vitamins and minerals from other foods they eat.

Emma Louise - posted on 09/11/2012

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My little boy just gone two last week and he has really bad exima it doesn't matter what the doc is grieving me for him it just simply won't work spoke to my friend over it and she said are you sure it's not dairy products so think I might do a two day tried so just wondering were do I buy non dairy milk and yaugarts and chocolate from

Lisa - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son also can't have dairy i changed his milk to Liddells lactose free milk,it is lactose free full cream milk!!it offers consumers all the natural goodness of milk with the additional benefits of being lactose free makeing it the milk of choice for those who prefer loctos free products.i have also put my teo year old onto it as he has eczecma and nothing i did would clear it up i changed him to this milk and it has almost cleared.it only cost around 2.00 hope this helps

Gwyn - posted on 01/01/2010

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My daughter is allergic to dairy. She drinks Rice Dream Rice milk and we just make sure she eats a healthy diet that has other dairy alternatives like Stonyfield Soy Yogurt and green veggies. Our local Wal-Mart actually carries all these products for a really low price. We avoid the high end/overpriced organic stores. Our doctor said that there should be no reason for concern in not drinking the whole milk.

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My cousin's son was dairy, soy, peanut and egg allergic as an infant. He drinks rice milk and is perfectly healthy

Quiana - posted on 12/30/2009

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give him the soy milk and have your doctor give you the correct vitamins that he needs. Start giving him a bottle more often than the breast, until u are ony breastfeeding him 1 to 2 times a day. Don't try it if he's really hungry or tired, he'll just refuse to do it.

Renee - posted on 12/30/2009

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There are products that provide all the nutritional needs that are dairy free. Try the carnation website they have so many supplmental nutritional drinks that you can purchase by the case. Ask your pediatrician too, they will have product recommendations.

Shannon - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Joanne:

What do you mean it does not meet all the nutritional values. To be truthful speak to the community health visitor.
Also soya products like Alpro offer as much nutrition in a balanced diet as any other. You get calcium from greens and meat, so presumably you will give himk this mashed up like any other baby.

Dont fret too much just ween him as you would any other child. Banans and grapes are good


When I was at WIC thats what they told me and thats the reason they don't give the soy milk on their vouchers... So sorry if thats wrong thats just what I was told by them.



Thanks

Shannon - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:

My son is anaphylactic to dairy in all forms (skin contact, inhalation and ingestion). The ped and the allergist suggested soy or almond milk from age 1. Soy is fortified to be just as nutritional as regular milk. Almond is naturally just as nutritional as regular milk. I would honestly, talk to the ped and the allergist for their suggestions on going to formula or straight to the "milk". Silk has the very vanilla soy milk that has more calories for growing little kids. My kids were on that til 2, now on vanilla soy milk.
If you need recipes, let me know!


I would LOVE recipes!!! you can email them to me at Shannonmarie217@yahoo.com or post them on here. Thanks so much! Btw, we're going to the doctor in a week so I'll talk to them about this but thanks so much for the advice! : )

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What do you mean it does not meet all the nutritional values. To be truthful speak to the community health visitor.
Also soya products like Alpro offer as much nutrition in a balanced diet as any other. You get calcium from greens and meat, so presumably you will give himk this mashed up like any other baby.

Dont fret too much just ween him as you would any other child. Banans and grapes are good

Elizabeth - posted on 12/29/2009

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My son is anaphylactic to dairy in all forms (skin contact, inhalation and ingestion). The ped and the allergist suggested soy or almond milk from age 1. Soy is fortified to be just as nutritional as regular milk. Almond is naturally just as nutritional as regular milk. I would honestly, talk to the ped and the allergist for their suggestions on going to formula or straight to the "milk". Silk has the very vanilla soy milk that has more calories for growing little kids. My kids were on that til 2, now on vanilla soy milk.
If you need recipes, let me know!

Shannon - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Rose:

I have a friend who has 2 children that are alergic to milk, and when she stopped breastfeeding around a year for the 1st one, she had to put him on soy based formula, as soy milk is not recommeended until at least 2-5 yrs of age, also she gave him rice milk around the age of 2.5 yrs. Her second child she bought a pump and pumped breast milk for while she worked, she said it was easier and cost effective compared to the price of soy based formulas

My son is not lactose interlerant, but he is 10 months old, and I am breastfeeding, I went back to work 2 months ago, and I pump breastmilk as well, it only takes about 10-15 mins , and is so much heathier... and cost effective...


I wish that I could pump but I have certain enzymes in my milk that break the milk down faster which makes the milk go bad even if frozen. So he can't drink it. But thanks for the advice! And thanks for letting me know that soy milk isn't reccommended until older!

Joey - posted on 12/29/2009

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I had the same concerns when my daughter was a baby. Her doctor and I started her on soy milk and vitamin supplements at 4 months when, for whatever reason, I stopped producing enough breastmilk, and she wasn't able to keep down formula or dairy. In a lot of ways the soy was better for her than the whole milk would've been, anyway, because of the lower fat intake. She's now healthy and active at 8 and stands 4'5" according to her last doctor's visit. And she outgrew her dairy allergy :)

Hdlb123 - posted on 12/29/2009

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My daughter also has dairy allergies. We put her onto soy milk at 14 months and shes done fine. We did have one health nurse tell us that we should be adding oil to the soy milk to up the amount of fat that she is getting, but we never did. Our doc said it wasnt needed and we trust him more then the nurse. Rice milk doesnt have near the amount of nutrients as soy, you should use almond milk because of nut allergy risks, and I have heard that most kids who have cows milk allergies will also react to goat milk.

Rose - posted on 12/29/2009

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I have a friend who has 2 children that are alergic to milk, and when she stopped breastfeeding around a year for the 1st one, she had to put him on soy based formula, as soy milk is not recommeended until at least 2-5 yrs of age, also she gave him rice milk around the age of 2.5 yrs. Her second child she bought a pump and pumped breast milk for while she worked, she said it was easier and cost effective compared to the price of soy based formulas



My son is not lactose interlerant, but he is 10 months old, and I am breastfeeding, I went back to work 2 months ago, and I pump breastmilk as well, it only takes about 10-15 mins , and is so much heathier... and cost effective...

Kate - posted on 12/29/2009

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I haev a few vegetarians friends and this is what they did. Use soy milk mixed with soy formula. that will help give him the nutition he needs. Check out your local health food store for non dairy items, My husband is lactose intollerant so he has lactose free milk(you can drink soy, rice and nut instead), soy cheese, soy yogurt. Can he drink any animal milk like goat? if he can there are great goat dairy products out there. Good luck!

Emilie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Soy, rice, or almond milk are good alternatives. Soy-based yogurt and cheese substitutes are also available. If you don't see them where you normally shop, try a natural or organic store. I'm in CT and usually find them at Whole Foods. Many of the alternatives are now fortified with calcium and vitamin D, which helps in making sure the new diet is balanced. I also give a multivitamin and Omega-3 supplement to my son. You may want to check with your pediatrician and/or insurance company - many will pay for a nutritional consultation for food allergies. This can help you understand your choices and definitely helps with that nagging feeling that you are getting it wrong :)

Maggie - posted on 12/29/2009

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you should be fine with soy milk and a multivitamin. Check with your pediatrician. You can also get the soy with calcium added and give a multivitamin.

Maureen - posted on 12/29/2009

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My daughter had a dairy allergy, u can buy stuff at the health shop. Soya yogurts, dairy free chocolate etc. It can be a pain finding things although the big supermarkets are much better these days for buying all kinds x

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