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Milk Free Momma

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Milk Free Momma

My 18 month old son has a milk protein allergy and I I would love to hear any advice or input you have on alternatives. Having a rough time with him drinking a milk substitute. Also any brand recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Hi Destiny! I think one of the biggest worries of mother’s of milk protein allergy babies is that they need a “milk” substitute. We grew up on milk, so we worry our babies need to as well. What they really need are great sources of fat, protein and calcium in their diet – all of those can be found elsewhere. Here’s a great article, written by Nutritionist Jill Castle on this very topic!https://www.bundoo.com/articles/healthy-eating-for-your-milk-allergic-child/

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  2. I’m not sure it’s the same thing at all, but my son got sick on milk. We put him on soy, actually Parent’s Choice brand was the one that was most gentle for him, and he loved it. Also way less expensive. Another thing we did was stop heating the bottles. We noticed he never spit up if the formula was room temp. But if i heated his formula, he would be spitting up everywhere. I am not sure if soy milk would have the milk protein your baby is allergic to. Whatever the case, there are a lot of other moms out there who have been in your shoes that can help. I wish you and the baby all the best!

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    1. Soy is a possibility for some children with cow’s milk protein allergy but there is a good percentage who will be allergic to both. Use cautiously if you are going to try it.

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  3. A friend of mine added a tiny bit of vanilla extract to almond milk and that worked for her in the transition. But are you sure your child needs a milk substitute? We did daily yogurt at that age instead of milk for calcium.

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    1. If he has a true cow’s milk protein allergy, then yogurt won’t be an option either. However, there are non-cow’s milk “yogurts” out there too. Just be careful and read labels thoroughly.

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