milk allergy

Carrie - posted on 12/30/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is turning one and I am conflicted with whether to keep her on soy formula or to make a switch to soy milk. Also unsure about how she is supposed to get enough fat and calcium if she is not drinking whole milk or eating any dairy. Any suggestions on how to deal with severe milk allergy with a toddler?

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My son now 12 yrs old. Was allergic to any milk. He would spit back at me soy milk. I just happened to luck out and had my husbands Grandma recommend goats milk. It worked out great! I live in the country and was able to buy it directly from a goat farm. I received fresh milk everyday and never had a problem. The reason I had to stop breast feeding was my boys are only 16 months apart.

Christina - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter was also on soy formula as a baby. The doctor recommended I switch her to regular milk at the age of one, which I tried. That did not work! So, I switched her to soy milk, and kept her on it for about six months. At that time, I switched her back to regular milk and she did fine! She's now almost seven, and has no problem with dairy. I don't know if your daughter's allergy is more severe than mine was though. Good luck to you! She's adorable, by the way.

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Selena - posted on 11/06/2011

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Ooh, ooh, yes! Check out hemp milk! It has a good amount of fat and Omega-3 and Omega-6 and it's all around great! My daughter has a milk protein allergy and we switched her to soy formula at 5 months and soy milk at 12 months, but then at 18 months we found out she had a mild soy allergy, and then we found hemp milk and never looked back!
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I have two children with multiple severe food allergies. I nursed both of them until they were three so I can't say from experience, but I would probably stick with the soy formula for a while at least until a year and half. If you switch watch out for high sugar content in some of the flavored soy milks and pick one that's calcium fortified. I wouldn't go with rice milk because it has very little protein. My children both did well with soy products after I weaned them. Goats milk might be ok, but your child might react to it as well. It depends on which protein she is allergic to in the cows milk. Neither of my kids could handle goats milk. If by severe allergy you mean that your child has an anaphylactic reaction to cows milk then I definately would not offer goats milk without your doctor testing it with you first. A dietician is a big help. Dealing with food allergies can be so overwhelming sometimes and having a professional review your babies diet can really give you peace of mind.

Nicole - posted on 12/31/2008

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My daughter couldn't tolerate breast milk or regular formula, so we gave her soy formula, she still spit that up often, but it was way better than anything else. When she turn 1 we gave her whole milk and she was fine with that. Sometimes she wouldn't take it as white milk so we added Ovaltine to it. This was 8 years ago and she's as healthy as any other kid. Hope this experience helps!

Jennifer - posted on 12/31/2008

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My daughter and I are allergic to milk too. I was worried about her not having whole milk too, but look at the calorie chart on the milk and the soy milk (I recomend Silk with DHA & ARA) it isn't that different. My daughter liked it better because because you can get it in different flavors too. She is 4 now and strong and healthy and I switched her at a year too. Good Luck!

Tammy - posted on 12/31/2008

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We have used goat's milk because nutritionally it's close to cow's milk but without the casein protein that cow's milk has. I would be leary of using soy for an extended length of time. I have heard it can cause certain types of nutritional deficits.

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Both of my boys were allergic to milk. My oldest (now 6) grew out of it at age 3. He drank the lactaid milk and did just fine (he is 66# and 50" tall). My youngest is 2 1/2 and is still on soy milk, but we do give him some regular milk. If he has too much that is when we have some ugly diapers.

What I have found recently is that there is a dietary supplement that you can give them before they have any kind of dairy supplement and it reduces (or comletely stops the episodes). My pediatrician stated that the supplements were safe for children. There is even one made for children. You can find them by the lactaid pills in the health and beauty dept at Walmart.....just one a day helps...really.

I have not any issues with either of my children getting enough fat or calcium when they were unable to have whole milk.

hope this helps....

User - posted on 12/31/2008

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The Silk soy milk brand has a version for "kids" that has added Omega 3 fatty acids and I think extra calcium. You could also try adding a Omega 3 and DHA supplement in a chewable form - you can get them at vitamin stores etc or at DrSears.com (more expensive). I am in your same boat, my 1 year old can drink formula but can't tolerate whole milk.

Emma - posted on 12/31/2008

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We have a 15 month old who has a severe allergy to cows milk protein. He has been on a hypoallergenic milk called pepti since he was a tiny baby. We have to still give him as many milk feeds as we can during a day as this is the only calcium he gets. You could try rice milk which has a lovely sweet taste and some brands come with added calcuim, Rice milk is fine for during the day but I wouldn't reccomed for a night feed as it contains no fat and therefore doesn't sustain them for long. Its also not suitable for babies who are not on solids as they need the fat for growth. We have also put theo on a calcium supplement. If you can get to see a dietician it is really helpfull.

Liz - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter was on soy formula due to reflux. (was your daughter allergic to the milk based formula?). when I started weaning her from the formula I gave her whole milk. I slowly incorporated whole milk with her formula one ounce at a time every 3 days or so until all she was getting was whole milk. She was fine with that.

Kendra - posted on 12/30/2008

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My oldest son (now 3) had a milk allergy, he was on soy formula, and then when he turned 1 I put him on soy milk. After about a year I started to cut his soy milk with regular milk, and now he is okay. He just can't have to much dairy in one day. As for fats and vitamins, just add different foods or a vitamin supplement.

Leora - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son has been on goat milk since he was a few months old because of a milk allergy. There is alot of good fat and other good vitamins in that. He loves it. Plus there are no hormones like there are in soy milk. You can get that at Walmart or Kingsoopers. Also if you get the CULTURED Tilimook Cheese or any kind of RAW cheese they can usually handle that better than regular pasturized cheese. You should do some research before you give her soy milk (hormones). I know how frustrating it can be to try and find what is best for your child, everyone tells you something different. But these things worked for my son with his milk allergy.

Becca - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son, Nolan, is 18 months old and is allergic to milk, soy and oats. We still have him on a specialty formula called Neocate. As far as other foods, I bake a lot of things using rice milk. At least your daughter can tolerate soy, that is a hard one for us. My son just eats a lot of fruits and veggies!

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