if can\'t have whole cows milk...

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 10:57am
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Hi again all. I have another milk allergy question. Ds #2 has weaned himself from nursing and due to a milk allergy he can't have whole cows milk. So do I take him right to soy milk? Will that give him enough of the fat and such that they are supposed to get from the whole milk? If not what should I give him instead? Thanks so much, any advice is much appreciated!

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:03am
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How old is he?
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Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:14am
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I gave my ds soy formula after he weaned himself at about 10 months. I knew he was allergic to milk. I kept giving him soy formula until he was about 18 m. Then I gave him rice milk (i found out the soy was giving him eczema). With the rice milk I gave him flax seed oil everyday (put it in his milk) so he would get more fat cause I had the same concern. He drank that until over 2 years and I dont know exactly when I stopped doing that but it was at about 2 cause isnt that when they say not to worry about the fat as much.
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Ben 4 yrs, PA and MA

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:43am
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I am nursing, but only once or twice a day now. So I give my 1yr old rice milk at meals and I also give her a bottle(probably 2 a day) of Alimentum(she had problems with it at 6 weeks, but is fine with the 2 bottles now).
I did this because with my 3yr old...when he weaned(at about 15mths) I started him on soy milk. He started having horrible diarrhea and I had him tested, skin and blood came back negative, so I kept giving it to him, not knowing what to do. At age 2 I switched him to rice milk and the diarrhea cleared up....we tested again for soy allergy and it was positive(skin and blood)....so he grew into it!
That is why I haven't offered my 1yr old soy, because I don't want her developing the allergy like her brother did.
To get some fat into her diet, I mix in Olive Oil with alot of her pasta or meat meals....just an idea.
EDIT...our allergist did explain *usually* milk allergies go hand in hand with soy allergies(not all the time, but there's a greater chance of being allergic to both)
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
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Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 12:23pm
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Thanks for the replies ladies, he is 13 months now. He has had things with soy before so I don't think he is allergic to soy, knock on wood. So how do you know how much flax seed oil and such to mix in to make up for the fat difference?

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 12:37pm
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honestly, i dont remember. I think i just quessed base on how much fat is in milk. also the oil floats around in the milk (it doesnt mix in well). it doesnt look pretty but my ds liked it cause he didnt know better. used to freak my dh out though.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 9:13pm
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You could try soy formula for toddlers. That is what I used. If you don't go this route, Avocado has a lot of fat. You could feed him those on occasion.

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 10:16pm
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If you're concerned, talk to a nutritionist.
We went, with Caitlin, from Neocate to toddler soy, to soy milk, but I forget the age.. maybe at age 3 she was on soy milk, and limited diet...
Enriched soymilk, I think, is close to whole milk, for fats/vitamins, etc...
We were giving daily vitamins too (bunny rabbit ones - enfamil ones..) we're onto Flintstones now.
Jason
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Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:32pm
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We went straight from soy formula to soy milk at 12 months. He is now 2 1/2 and LOVES his soy milk. We use 8th Continent Vanilla. I asked my Dr. about soy milk not having as much fat as whole cows milk, but he said the soy would be fine. DS was always in the 90-95 percentile for weight as an infant.

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 11:49pm
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If he is fine with soy formula, I would get the toddler formula and continue with that the next year. It will give him more fat and calories then just soy milk alone. Maybe do soy milk at meals, but then give him the soy formula in a sippy(or bottle) once or twice a day in addition. And of course check with your Ped, they'll advise you on how much you need to be aiming for each day. Good luck(also consider soy yogurt, soy cheese(for grilled cheese).... you have lots of options if he can tolerate the soy.
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 12:47am
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Again thanks for the replies, but of course I have a few more questions. Where do you get flax seed oil if we choose to go this route and what about calcium content? I know some soy milks have calcium added but is this enough for him to be getting or do I need to find another way to get him more? Thanks so much again!

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