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Old 06-17-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Hey there! DS2 has a dairy sensitivity so because I am breastfeeding him I cut it out completely. And I would hugely prefer if no one in our family drank cow's milk. The thought of it makes me queasy ... and if you've ever read the book Skinny B*tch you'll know what I'm talking about. I plan on breastfeeding my little one until he is probably at least 2 years ... but what about after that? He may outgrow the sensitivity but he might not. And how can I get DH on board with switching for health reasons? DS1 is 4-years-old so he won't really have an issue with switching ... I was drinking almond milk for a while and he liked it. I just don't like how thick it is compared to other milks.

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Old 06-17-2011, 08:00 PM   #2
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We do almond milk here so Im no help. Goats milk is $$ but an option. I have seen coconut milk recently as well.
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I have tried coconut milk ice cream and it's super yummy.

A friend of mine recommended hemp milk and so far I think it's really yummy, plus I like the consistency a lot more. Any thoughts on that?
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I like the coconut milk. DD has both dairy and soy sensitivities, so I am avoiding both while BFing. Coconut Dream makes coffee creamer, yogurt, and ice cream. There are a couple of other brands of the ice cream, too. Nut milks are tasty as long as you don't have any nut allergies in the house. I use a lot of rice milk right now, too, but it takes some getting used to. Its really watery if you are used to whole milk. And no fat, so for young kids, I think the coconut milk would be a better option.
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I've heard and read great things about goat milk. A friend of ours ds couldn't tolerate formula (she bf'd for a little while, but then wasn't able to continue for some reason or another) and he drank goat milk as his main caloric intake for a while. From what I've read, goat milk is very similar in composition to human milk and doesn't have lactose or casein which are the common irritants in cow milk. Even if you're not allergic or intolerant to cow milk, switching can still make a difference in your health. We currently drink cow milk, but are in the process of getting things ready to raise dairy goats (hence the random information about goat milk ). Goat milk can be purchased in powdered or liquid form so it's fairly easy to find.
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We drink almond milk here. DH though won't drink any cow's milk alternative so I buy him a half gallon of organic cow's milk whenever he wants it for cereal or protein drinks.
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I dont know..Ive only tried almond milk. My kids LOVE almond milk. They were not big cow milk drinkers....they just didnt care for it. But wow, they are sucking that almond milk down!!!!
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I used Almond milk and Hemp milk for DS up until he was 3. We just arent big milk drinkers

ETA: DS preferred hemp, and I liked that it had the omega's and more protein
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I give my 1 yr old almond milk. She won't drink it plain, so I'm the bad mom and put a bit of Nesquik in it.
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my mom raises dairy goats one of my brothers is very lactose intolerant and does very well on goat milk better than anything else we tried
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