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I've finally realised that my son can't tolerate too much dairy. I'm not really up on the best alternatives, soy maybe? I really need to find something to give him as he loves his milk. He's just over two.
I don't have links or references, but lately I've heard a lot about how soy is not the healthy product people have always thought it to be.
Maybe rice milk? Goats milk? My homeopath says goat's or sheep's milk is preferable because it's closer to human milk than cows milk.
If he is having a protien issue them soy is a big no no which is why we havent even thought about trying it with Boof.
We use rice milk but then it hasnt got enough nutrients for little ones to be on full time so we use it as a top up so i make any foods that need milk up with this & then he still has his toddler formula from a cup.
Then on some days he gets to have some yoghurt but i have to keep an eye on it.
Good luck if your having trouble working it all out maybe a trip to your g.p or a naturopath is the go we are lucky the naturopath is in with our g.p which makes life easier !
Sorry just realised this is for the expert dont mind me :o
If its the lactose that bothers him then you can get cows milk with some of the lactose taken out. This is what usually upsets human tummies because we only have the one stomach, unlike cows.
Its called, um, Lactaid? or something like that? Cant quite remember but I know it exists, I used to drink it myself. Its at Coles and Woolies, in a blue container. Might be worth a shot?
Cows milk is specially designed for baby cows so I don't know why humans are so keen to give it to their babies anyway, there are far better sources of calcium for our digestive systems than cows milk, despite what the Dairy Board would have you believe.
Most of the calcium in cows milk is contained in casein, which is very difficult for us to break down anyway, so much of it goes straight through us.
Anyway, yeah, my point was...Lactaid. (sorry for the rant)
Oat milk is slightly better in terms of nutrition than rice milk - more fat and I think slightly higher protein. Soy, as Queenie says, has problems for infants - high in phytoestrogens and the large protein molecule can be hard for humans to digest too. Kids can often develop sensitivity to soy if they have too much so its best to keep it to a minimum if you can as soy isolate is used in so many other products like packaged foods (biscuits, fish fingers etc...).
:wave: I just thought I would share my experience, I have just put my son on goat milk formula as he seemed to have quite an upset tummy on cow milk formula, and he is doing fantastic! My son is only 10 weeks old though lol, Im not an expert but maybe you could try fresh goat milk for a 2 year old?
My dd can't have cow's milk as it gives her excema, she can tolerate cheese, yoghurt etc so she drinks goats milk and loves it. You just have to watch if you do go to Goats milk and you get organic goats milk, it has to be consumed within a certain time frame, 48 hours of opening I think it is, because of the micro-organisisms in it, but Pauls Goats milk is fine for more time. I also tried rice milk when she was about 2 months old and I found it pretty disgusting to drink.
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You will need to talk to a paediatric dietitian or gastroenterologist to find the most appropriate alternative to milk if your son has a lactose allergy or intolerance. It will also be worth discussing the best ways to ensure that your son is receiving enough calcium if you need to reduce his dairy intake.
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