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Old 01-17-2010, 07:53 AM   #1
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12 month old sensitive to cow's milk, alternatives?

DS is having a lot more cow's milk now that he's 12 months and for the past two weeks he's had soft poop and bad gas. So bad that he wakes up multiple times at night squirming and crying until he passes gas. The only thing in his diet that has changed is increased amounts of cows milk so I'm thinking his belly is just not quite ready for it. He's pretty much weaned so I can't produce enough breastmilk to make up the difference. What should I try? Goats milk? Rice milk? Any suggestions?

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My DS is lactose intolerant. There are tons of options! He likes soy milk the best and Silk has some that has DHA added and some other stuff. There's also almond, hemp, rice, goat, and lactose free like Lactaid. We kind of just put everything in rotation because everything has different nutrients. GL finding something that works.
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Re: 12 month old sensitive to cow's milk, alternatives?

My DS was 12mo and didn't tolerate milk well. We don't know why he had no allergies to it because he ate cheese and other stuff just fine. We ended up buying lactose free milk for the first 2-3mon and he did great on that for some reason. Then about 14-15mo we did reg milk again and now he takes it just fine. My thought was he just wasn't ready.

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DD is lactose intolerant. We give her Lactose Free Whole Milk. She can tolerate yogurt as well, which is a great way of getting dairy in. She was sensitive to soy as well. Almond milk has some great calcium levels in it. Rice milk didn't have enough nutrients to satisfy me. I wanted her to have whole milk, because the fat is important for brain development at this age.
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Im pretty anti-cows milk
My son drinks hemp milk(awesomely healthy!) and almond milk. HTH
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Ds drinks almond milk, tastes a lot better than soy milk I think. Its good in everything, we use it for cooking and baking too. We buy the plain, unsweetend kind.
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My DS has had ongoing issues with cow's milk and we've had really good success with goat's milk and cheese.
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You might also try raw cows milk. DS1 is super dairy sensitive but raw milk doesnt bother him.
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We did goat's milk for a while. It was fine until the goats started eating more grass. Something about the extra protein I guess.

Now he drinks almond milk...

BTW - It tastes GREAT!!!
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We have used goat's milk (specifically goat kefir milk) so far for his formula.

We use rice, almond, and coconut milk for ourselves so we are likely to try some of these when DS is ready to move from the bottle.

FWIW: I have an inherited milk intolerance that DS seems to have gotten from me. I can eat hard cheeses, ice cream, and even sauces made with milk (must be cooked), but soft cheese (like cottage cheese), or straight milk in a cup or a bowl of cereal, forget it. A Gastro monitored me for a while and was bewildered. She said it was clear I had an intolerance with cow's milk, but that medicine doesn't have the ability to figure out how milk specifically digests just for me (soon, though, maybe because my problem is inherited, my genes might answer that question).
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