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Audrey - posted on 11/03/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )




ok so my son had really bad problems with reg formula and breast milk so i switched him to soy milk after many attempts of other formulas. e did really good with it... but as he got older i have tried to slowly break his system of dairy and it didnt workuntil recently. he can handle small portions with no diarrhea or constipation.. ANyhow- he turned one a few days ago and I am introducing 1% milk only small small amounts right now. Has anyone else ever had a child with these problems and what was the first milk you gave your child after formula? I was thinking skim milk but it seems a little too watery.. anyways... any help will do. thanks ♥


Jenn - posted on 11/05/2010




Why don't you just him soy milk? My daughter is allergic to milk protein ( I BF exclusivly) Her doctor put her on soy . Have you asked your LO pedetrician? Thats who should be helping guide you through this.

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if you do start to use goats milk, you'll probably have to supplement with folic acid drops. my daughters pediatrician told me that when i was asking him about putting her on goats instead of cows milk and he said it would be just fine, but theres no folic acid in goats milk so if she was going to be exclusively drinking goats milk i would have to give her polyvisol drops... i just remembered that. but still talk to your doctor to see if this is a good route for you.

Laura - posted on 11/05/2010




First of all, I would actually recommend consulting your doctor/pediatrician about the digestive problems with milk (just to be on the safe side!)

That said, my daughter was raised on soy-based formula when she was little. It wasn't becauses she had any known problems with cow's milk but rather as a means to try and inhibit allergy development (her dad and I have A LOT of allergies!) Some studies have shown that kids raised on cow's milk develop allergies at a higher rate. We were trying to be proactive! I breastfed for a short period of time but had to stop. So we switched to soy formula and then later to soy milk. At that time we thought it was the best thing to do--avoid cow's milk in favor of the "healthier" soy milk. I don't think I would make that choice now.

Soy (and rice) milk is heavily processed and the vast majority of the soy used is GMO (genetically modified organism) which has NOT been studied long enough to determine how GMO soy effects the body! Some early studies are linking early puberty (especially with girls) with the comsumption of processed soy. My daughter began early development (around age 7) before we stopped the soy! Her development slowed waaaay down to the point now where she is nearly 13 and only now going through puberty (which is actually considered "normal"). We have modified our diet and avoid heavily proccessed food, eat as much organic as we can and have switched to organic cow's and goat's milk. By the way, there are some preliminary studies that are linking the growth hormone used in commercial dairies to early puberty (and other health problems) as well. YES, organic milk (and goat's milk) is expensive! But this is our health I'm talking about and it is worth it as insurance. Goat's milk is an excellent option because goat dairies don't use hormones and the milk is significantly easier to digest. Goat's milk also contains more calcium and B vitamins. It does contain lactose, so if someone IS lactose intolerant they probably won't be able to drink it. Goat's yogurt and kefir (which I comsume) are excellent options because the bacteria "eat" the lactose making it easy to consume even if intolerant. If I had to do it over again I would have gone with goat's milk for my whole family...

Libby - posted on 11/05/2010




Dora, I don't think whole milk is the cause of heart and cholesterol issues. While those things can be hereditary and also caused by diet, milk alone would not cause that. I would just watch what other foods you are feeding him and as long as he is not over weight then cholesterol shouldn't be an issue for a child.

Kelina - posted on 11/04/2010




My son has never really done well with milk either. Oddly he's perfectly fine with milk products, simply not milk. so we feed him a lot of cheese and yogurt to get him adequate calcium and on the days he doesn't have yogurt he has a calcium supplement.


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Jessica - posted on 11/06/2010




My son had a real hard time with the regular formulas and we switched him the the soy formula he did wonderfully. When it was time to start him on cow's milk I started him on whole milk and kept my fingers crossed, he did just fine. We didn't switch him to 2% milk until his 2nd birthday, as they need the fats in whole milk for development and growth. My friend on the other hand has had to keep her son on soy milk. I'd say just try it and see what happens, and if you are real unsure just call your child's Dr. he/she should be more than happy to help you out. GOOD LUCK!

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 11/06/2010




I would definitely discuss with your healthcare professional and you may want to follow-up with an allergist and/or a GI Specialist. Your child may be allergic to milk and could have been allergic to the milk coming through your breast milk as well and thus after you switched to soy formula he did better. Or your child could have a food intolerance to milk. So even if your child passes an allergy test for milk he still may have a milk food intolerance which causes his diarrhea or constipation. The only way I know to really test for a food intolerance is to remove the item from the child’s diet and see if symptoms improve. (I recently discussed this with a pediatric allergist doctor as my son has constipation issues. She said when removing the item you need to remove it for 3 weeks to see if symptoms improve.)

In reference to giving your child skim milk, based on what I read a child over one years old and under two years old needs to drink whole milk not skim milk. Please refer to this article: for more information.

When you do introduce whole milk I agree I would do it very slowly to see if your child does have a reaction. I hope your healthcare professional helps develop alternatives for your child if he still does not tolerate milk well.

Good luck.

Kathy - posted on 11/06/2010




Try a lactose-free milk. You can get whole lactose-free milk. I drank lactose-free milk while I breastfed because I am lactose sensitive. My son did great. When we switched him to formula, I put him on lactose-free formula until he was around 6 months old. I then switch him him to regular formula. He did have a hard time with the switch to whole-milk. He was fine with 2% though. If your son does good on lactose-free milk, slowly introduce him to cheeses and yogurt. Avoid ice cream or use it as a test. If he is lactose sensitive-ice cream will upset his stomach and possibly give him diarrhea. As he gets bigger and stronger, he may get where he can eat cheeses, yogurt, ice cream, and drink regular milk. Good luck!

Dana - posted on 11/06/2010




Audrey, you could always try Lactaid. It's great for those with lactose intolerance. Children need full milk between the ages of one and two but, any milk is better than none.
Of course talking to his doctor or seeing an allergist is always good too.

Samantha - posted on 11/05/2010




yeah i had this problem with my son he was on nutramigen for along time just keep doing small amount hell build up a tolerance

Jenn - posted on 11/05/2010




Libby- I don't think Dora meant it caused problems directly. Most doctors do suggest drinking whole milk after the age od 2 because it is NOT good for you. Dora was switching to a healthier option.

Dora - posted on 11/05/2010




If your son does well with soy milk than stick to that. Soymilk has the same nutrition contents of 1% & 2% milk. the only difference is that soy milk doesn't have the saturated fat that milk has so it is definitely heart healthier. I switched my son to soy milk because both sides of our families have ridiculous heart and cholesterol issues.

Christi - posted on 11/05/2010




My son had formula and early lactose intolerance problems, but at one his doctor said that he should only drink whole milk since it contains all the vitamins and fat he needs. He is almost two and loves his milk. I was never able to breastfeed, never made a drop of milk, even though I was swollen and leaky my entire pregnancy, go figure. I tried six different breastfeeding specialists and pumped until my breast were literally bruised, but never got any milk. He might not be able to digest the lactose in the milk, I would try Silk or lactose free milk and see if that helps any.

Lynn - posted on 11/04/2010




I was about to ask the same question about breastmilk. I have been a breastfeeding counsellor for 25 years (breastfed for 14 years myself) and I have never known a baby to have problems with breastmilk. What exactly was the problem?

Libby - posted on 11/04/2010




Were you giving your son formula at the same time you were giving him breast milk? Just wondering why you thought it was the breast milk too. I think if he can handle the small portions of dairy then just keep increasing it until you have reached the amount that will replace the soy milk completely. Good luck!

Maria - posted on 11/04/2010




My daughter had problems w/ regular formula and was unable to breastfeed. When we switched to regular milk we did whole milk. Our doctor recomends that for children 12m to 2yrs. But in our case we chose to stick to soy milk. It is more expensive than milk $4.98 soy milk vs $1.50 gallon milk but rice milk is even more than that. As long as he doesn't have a soy allergy soy milk should be fine. They even make is shelf stable and Elena didn't notice a difference so you can stock up and have to run to the store at the last min.!!! Good luck!

Stifler's - posted on 11/03/2010




I'd just keep giving him soy milk or rice milk. It's not a big deal or any more expensive.

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None of my kids have ever had a problem w/ dairy, so I don't know about that. Ditto Krista on the full fat milk though. Lower fat/skim milk is not recommended before 2 years old.

Krista - posted on 11/03/2010




Children do best with full-fat milk at that age, as the fats aid in their brain development. Try that out, and if you're having no luck with it, then soy milk might be an option -- that's what we're using with my son, as he doesn't digest dairy very well.

Ashley - posted on 11/03/2010




my oldest never had a problem with formulas or milk after we gave her homo milk and she did just fine was on it til she was 2.5 yrs my youngest on the other hand who is now almost 18 months old was ok with formula but wouldnt switch down to milk til she was about 14 months and we gave her homo milk but turned out that her little tummy couldnt handle it so the dr told us to try 2% and she has been great with that!

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my daughter didnt really have problems with her formula she spit up a lot but she gained weight and developed normally but just before she turned 1 and i tried to put her on whole milk she puked and it smelled like rotten cheese gross to say the least. so i put her back on formula and gave her goats milk as well which she did well on but it was super expensive. a few months later i tried her out on 2% and she did well. so we've kept her on that. i'd say try out the 1% and see what happens if not goats milk is really easy to digest, or maybe put him on soy milk as he was on soy formula. but you'll probably want to talk to his doctor first before switching anything anyway. good luck!:)

HOlly - posted on 11/03/2010




My daughter ( who is 2 now) had problems with normal formulas... I couldnt breast feed her for long so I tried the Similac regular formula in the blue container... that seemed to upset her tummy and gave her acid reflux so i tried some Similac in the purple can ( i dont remember what it was ) Then I had her on the Soy based Formula, she did great! When I switched to regular milk I did 1% because that was all i drank and she does great on that! Hope this helps you out any!! Good Luck!

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