Milk

Demetra - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My child just turned one. The doctor suggested that I give her whole milk. Has anyone used any milk other than cow's milk (ie. rice or almond milk)? I want to avoid cow's milk because of the steriod usage.



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Donna - posted on 01/13/2010

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my granddaughter is two years old and she can not drink whole milk we give her soy silk milk she loves it and it comes in flavors that children love.

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Hi the best milk to give your baby is of course breastmilk, however the rice and almond ect milk is so processed and filled with so much junk that its bad for anyone to drink it, the best milk is actually organic raw goat milk or organic raw grassfed cows milk, which is hard to find and expensive, however you probably only need a gallon a week more or less and for your families health its worth it. Organicpastures is the milk we use check out there website and it will explain alot to you, also they have milk co-ops you can joy.

God bless,
angela

Angelines - posted on 01/12/2010

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I use Lactaid milk for my son and he's perfectly healthy with it. He's 4, I don't think they add any steroids for that one, since they take the lactose out, at least I hope they don't. Good luck figuring it out.

LORRAINE - posted on 01/10/2010

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MY GRANDDAUGHTER GIVES HER CHILDREN SOY MILK AND THEY LOVE AND WILL NOT DRINK WHOLE MILK

Katija - posted on 01/10/2010

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hi. i hve 2 children and after 1 yr i introduced cows milk, 1/2 boiled water and 1/2 milk at first and gradually increase the milk portion. because cows milk is 2 fatty. u might want 2 consider woolworth Ayeshire milk.

Connie - posted on 01/10/2010

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my son could not have cows milk so i uses goats it is very costly i also used rice milk if your child was brest fed rice would be easer to change for the child both are easy to digest

Stacey - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son has been on soymilk since he was an infant. We had him on it because he could not handle milk based formula. He really likes the vanilla soymilkYou could try organic milk as well. I hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 01/09/2010

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I put my daugter onto Soya milk and it seemed to work really well. She couldnt handle yoghurt and cows milk. She is 8 now and is less sensitive to those products but still loves soya milk.

Delia - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Amanda:

My son has a problem with cow's milk (just like I did) affecting his lungs/breathing,etc so we have him on goat's milk. You can get it fresh or canned from most grocery stores in the same section as the regular cows milk. Or you can get powdered from most health food stores. He also likes the almond milk with the vanilla flavor, but not as much. depending on where you live, you could also ask around for fresh milk from farmers in the area. Hope this helps.



getting fresh organic milk is a real good idea. I think folks in the US focus too much on kids needing milk. "MILK IT DOES A BODY GOOD" commercials. Calcium is available in dark green leafy vegetalbes. Vit D occurs with 30 minute per day sun exposute for people of European decent up to 2 hours for African decent. It has to do with the amount of pigmentation of the skin. Almond and goats' milk are good for you too. Also less fat. Too many kids are obese from the many sources of high fat food stuff whole cow's milk being one of them. 23 years ago the pediatritian said whole milk was needed for brain growth. Paul just got skim he has an IQ of 132, so I don't think the fat was needed. Hope your son is able to breath easy. God bless

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son has a problem with cow's milk (just like I did) affecting his lungs/breathing,etc so we have him on goat's milk. You can get it fresh or canned from most grocery stores in the same section as the regular cows milk. Or you can get powdered from most health food stores. He also likes the almond milk with the vanilla flavor, but not as much. depending on where you live, you could also ask around for fresh milk from farmers in the area. Hope this helps.

Delia - posted on 01/08/2010

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Quoting Dana:

my grand daughter is now on whole milk an she is 9 months old she spits up the other formula so we put her on whole milk she is doing very well on it an if it wasnt for COWS milk we wouldnt be on this earth our moms an gran parents used it an didnt make them sick



sorry to hear your grand daughter had so much trouble with her feeding, If your daughter or daughter in law have another child suggest breastfeeding no one is allergic to human milk. It is what humans are supposed to eat for up to five years. A caution about whole milk is that iron defficiency anemia can occur if that is the only foodstuff the baby gets; but by 9 month table food should be offered. My Mama gave me breastmilk, I'm a gramdma now, her mama gave her breastmilk too. Breast is best always. La Leche League can help if latching is a problem

Delia - posted on 01/08/2010

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I used soy milk due to the history of allergies to milk in my family. I could only give skim milk when I went to cow's milk or my son would get diarrhea, this is true to this day and he is 23 years old

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We used goat's milk for my son. And even as we transitioned him to cow's milk-we saw a huge difference in his ability to digest cow's milk when we illimated the 1/4 part goat's milk-and added it back and tried plain cow's milk later. I've been told that goat's milk is used instead of powered milk for cows who have digestive problems. It's really easy on the stomach. Our doctor preffered us using cow's milk instead of goat's, but our son was eating solid foods too, so it seemed like he was getting enough nutrients. Good luck figuring out whats best for your kid. Looks like you got a look of good feedback.

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2010

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I just started giving my 1 year old soy milk. Not so much because of the hormones (there are many stores selling milk without hormones) but because I think she tolerates it better. Give it a try. Soy milk comes fortified with calcium and vitamins.

Demetra - posted on 01/07/2010

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Thank you all for your feedback. I nursed my daughter until she was 1. I think it is time for her to adjust to another type of milk. As of now, I am going to try the rice and almond milk. She has no allergy against cow's milk. It is just a preference of mine not to use it. My dr. suggested that she drink cow's milk for 6 months because she wants her to pcik up more weight. All of my children were rather small during their toddler years. I will continue to do more research on this topic.

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my grand daughter is now on whole milk an she is 9 months old she spits up the other formula so we put her on whole milk she is doing very well on it an if it wasnt for COWS milk we wouldnt be on this earth our moms an gran parents used it an didnt make them sick

Cheri - posted on 01/07/2010

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you are wise to avoid cow's milk, and not only for the steriod usage. we use almond milk that i make myself, rice milk, and coconut milk. my kids (all 6 of them) like them all and have preferences as to which milk tastes better to them with what foods. don't stress about the protein issue. americans get plenty of protein if not too much. breast milk is 3 to 6% proten. adults only need 10% protein, and no more than 5% of their daily diet coming from animal products to be healthy. the only way i'd drink cow's milk is from a cow who feeds on organic pasture, is free range, is outside most of the time, never given steroids or other meds, who is not fed supplemental gmo corn or other gmo grains, and finally, the milk would have to raw, straight from the cow and not pasturized or irradiated.

almond milk you buy from the store has a stronger almond flavor than that you make yourself. coconut milk can be bought by the carton from a store such as sprouts or whole foods. you can get rice milk from costco and even in chocolate flavor in lunch sized boxes with a straw.

Debbie - posted on 01/07/2010

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We use goats milk due to milk allergies for the last 18 years. My 11 month old is on it for the last 6 months and doing well. We raise our own, so no additives to there feed. A vet showed me a slide of the molecules in cow's milk and goat's milk. The goat's are uniform which makes it easier to digest. There are locals or health food stores that carry it. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010

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My dd is severely allergic to dairy and has been since birth. We use soy and rice milk and have since she was a year old. Soy milk is very calcium fortified and has a good balance of fats and calories, whereas rice milk is lower in protein and fats, etc. - but is still calcium fortified.

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son was allergic to cows milk but we used rice milk, oat milk, and hemp milk without problems. He wouldn't take any of them because he's a very picky eater and since he was still breastfeeding at a year old I didn't push it. All 3 of those milks are great IMO but I'd suggest using the oat or hemp milks for baking b/c the rice milk is very thin.

If you're not actually opposed to cows milk, get the organic cows milk- it's steroid free. :)

Jacquelyn - posted on 01/06/2010

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If you mean to switch from formula to whole milk - I would just use the milk that doesn't contain the hormones etc, if you are still nursing though then you really don't need to add any other milk - not sure if you are but I thought I would just put it out there - many dr's just assume you will wean at a year and say to go to cows milk but if you are still nursing there is no need for other milk - he can have water if he needs a drink while eating etc. :)

Carla - posted on 01/06/2010

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Almond milk was suggested to me by my Dr. It has worked really great for my daughter who was having trouble with whole milk.

Laurie - posted on 01/06/2010

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I used Rice Dream rice milk with my daughter because she was allergic to soy and cow's milk. It is enriched w/ vitamins A,D,B12, and calcium. She's never had cow's milk or any dairy. She is now 17 years old.

Toni - posted on 01/06/2010

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Victoria was allergic to Cow's milk as a baby, but had seemed to have grown out of it by the time she was a year, so I used Soy Milk for a while and slowly moved her over to Cow's milk. She never seemed to have a problem with that.

Shontell - posted on 01/06/2010

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Do your research...know where your products are coming from and whats in them. Rice milk and almond milk have less protein than whole milk and soy milk so make sure if you decide to go with either one of them you supply your baby with the protein needed from another source. Also speak with a nutritionist for options and if you're against whole milk because of steroids of additives find a milk product that doesn't have any. Try Whole Foods Market or Publix if you have one in your area and just do your homework.

Paula - posted on 01/06/2010

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I used goat's milk for my child who was lactose intolerant. It was fantastic.

Angela - posted on 01/06/2010

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My children were all put on whole milk we live on a dairy farm and we do not add any steroid or growth hormones I pasterize mine at home but I guess maybe other farmers may ad things that are not good for you. My cousin was on goat milk and did fine and my other cousin has her little one on rice milk so it is whatever your preference is.

Nicole - posted on 01/05/2010

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goat milk and coconut milk are good. I haven't given then to my wee on because she is still nursing like a champ @ 15 months- so we have no need for other milk. I have several other friends who use goat and coconut milk intermitently rather than cow milk.

Erin - posted on 01/05/2010

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Don't go with cow's milk of any kind in my opinion. It has lots of allergens and growth hormones meant for a calf, not a human! We drink oat milk and rice milk in my house. You can get all of your calcium and other vitamins through leafy greens, plenty of other veggies and supplements too!

Stephanie - posted on 01/05/2010

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use organic milk, they have to steriods or antibiots. my son has a milk allergie and when he turns 1 he has to drink soy milk

Angela - posted on 01/05/2010

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I'm a huge fan of the goat milk! My daughter actually prefers it. As weird as it may seem, I've heard that cow's milk tends to be the worst for humans (digestion, allergies, etc) My daughter will have dark circles under her eyes, upset tummy, and boogie nose if we don't have goat milk in the house after a couple days. It's expensive, but I think you should try it!!! Good Luck! ;-)

September - posted on 01/05/2010

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There are brands of whole milk that do not contain steroids, or there is at least where I live. The organic brands are usually steroid free. We did try rice and soy milk with our son. He did not like either so we are sticking to organic whole milk.

Rosie - posted on 01/05/2010

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i used rice milk for a while and put some fish oil caplets or olive oil in there for fat. he wasn't getting enough protein or iron so my dr. suggested soy milk and that helped with his protein factor. my son also drinks boost because he is itty bitty and needs to gain weight. basically soy milk and others like it don't have enough fat for my kids so we have to do add other things, kindof frustrating. my first two drank cows milk which i believe is fine (not to disrespect your choice for your child), and i think it was the best choice for them.

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I still use powdered toddler milk for my 16 month old.(Heinze nutra gold for toddlers) It has all the nutriants and vitamins she needs that are not always in whole cows milk. I do give her cows milk with her cereal and a drink every now and then. But I buy the toddler cows milk which is designed specificlly for them. Im in australia so I dont know if you get any of the brands I get. Try it and see how you go. Hope you find something that works for you.

Dana - posted on 01/04/2010

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I use organic cows milk. As a suggestion, I'd stay away from soy milk since they're finding that it messes with hormones in boys and girls.

Danielle - posted on 01/04/2010

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I use whole cow's milk for my son but I have also heard of using goat's milk if that's something you'd consider. Apparently it's really good for babies who have upset tummies a lot.

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