My Baby Has a Milk Intolerance – Now what?

My baby has a milk intolerance.  Yuck.  Like most people who have a child with a food allergy or intolerance, I have to say that I’m doing a lot of things differently already.  That Eudora has a milk intolerance has been a bit of a hiccup.  You see, the husband loves cheese.  So does Norton.  If I’d allow it, Norton would easily consume a gallon of milk a day.  He’s also a fan of yogurt.  I don’t think I’ve ever run into a dairy product that Norton doesn’t like.

Eudora, obviously, can’t repeat some of our practices.  By this time in Norton’s life, he was having yogurt for breakfast and was snacking on string cheese.  I made the mistake of giving Eudora yogurt once.  I wasn’t sure if yogurt would be an issue for her since it’s not for a lot of lactose intolerant people.  I asked the husband what he thought since it was Saturday morning and our next pediatrician appointment was a month away.  At that point in time, we knew that Eudora had issues with milk products, but we didn’t know anything about a milk intolerance beyond “we have to give her Nutramigen formula so she doesn’t barf.”  He shrugged and said “What’s the worst that could happen?”

Eudora ate that yogurt with great relish.  She was a happy baby.  However, about an hour later, she was gassy and the husband bounced her a bit to burp her.  She puked.  More to the point, she threw up everywhere.  The husband was calling for assistance while Eudora gurgled happily in his arms.  His entire shirt was covered in vomit.  And so was the carpet for about four feet around him.

So what are we doing?  Now that she’s bottle weaned and no longer on formula, she’s drinking almond milk.  She’s not getting the fats that she would get out of whole cow’s milk and she’s not really a fan of meat.  We’re feeding her peanut butter quite frequently.  We’re also experimenting with goat’s milk products.  We’ve tried goat’s milk cheese.  She wasn’t a fan of that.  The next on our agenda to try is goat’s milk and goat’s milk yogurt.  Fortunately, those are actually available at our local supermarkets.  Additionally, we’re trying to convince her to like avocado.

Have you had to cope with a milk intolerance in your family?  What adjustments did you make?

 

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. I’m a vegetarian and in my family we do soy milk, but since my 3 boys (ages 6, 3, and 16 months) go through milk so fast, I usually MAKE my own milk! Seriously, look into a milk machine that I use called Soy Bella. It says it’s a soymilk maker, but I use it for sunflower seed milk. My boys LOVE it, and I make a half gallon per day. Takes not more than 5 minutes. We do eat regular cheese, but there are alternatives out there. Good luck!

    Serena
    Get Your Life Straight

    • Sounds awesome! Unfortunately, she can’t do soy, either, but sunflower seed milk sounds interesting!

  2. I’m a vegetarian and in my family we do soy milk, but since my 3 boys (ages 6, 3, and 16 months) go through milk so fast, I usually MAKE my own milk! Seriously, look into a milk machine that I use called Soy Bella. It says it’s a soymilk maker, but I use it for sunflower seed milk. My boys LOVE it, and I make a half gallon per day. Takes not more than 5 minutes. We do eat regular cheese, but there are alternatives out there. Good luck!

    Serena
    Get Your Life Straight

    • Sounds awesome! Unfortunately, she can’t do soy, either, but sunflower seed milk sounds interesting!

  3. My son had a milk intolerance too. He did alright on lactaid milk, but now he drinks almond milk. He seems to be doing better!!

  4. My son had a milk intolerance too. He did alright on lactaid milk, but now he drinks almond milk. He seems to be doing better!!

  5. There is also coconut milk I think the brand is So Delicious offers both Almond and Coconut. Try searching online as well.

    This site also had some interesting information.

    http://kckidsdoc.com/the-alterna-milks-cow%E2%80%99s-milk-alternatives-for-toddlers.html

  6. There is also coconut milk I think the brand is So Delicious offers both Almond and Coconut. Try searching online as well.

    This site also had some interesting information.

    http://kckidsdoc.com/the-alterna-milks-cow%E2%80%99s-milk-alternatives-for-toddlers.html

  7. My daughter loves milk and yogurt and is luckily not lactose intolerant… but my husband is. He can’t have certain things or he’ll have to run to the toilet, poor thing… but he loves ice cream and he will still eat it as well as yogurt, he just stays close to home when he does!

  8. My daughter loves milk and yogurt and is luckily not lactose intolerant… but my husband is. He can’t have certain things or he’ll have to run to the toilet, poor thing… but he loves ice cream and he will still eat it as well as yogurt, he just stays close to home when he does!

  9. Coconut milk is an excellent alternative. Maybe make a smoothie with bananas and coconut milk – it’s delicious.

  10. Coconut milk is an excellent alternative. Maybe make a smoothie with bananas and coconut milk – it’s delicious.

  11. I second the coconut milk. It has the fats that almond milk lacks. We prefer a blend but when it isn’t available we get a carton of each and blend ourselves. Our daughter loves coconut “yogurt” called cultured coconut milk we get at the local Sprouts. We can also buy Flax milk there which is high in good omega three fats and super yummy.

  12. I second the coconut milk. It has the fats that almond milk lacks. We prefer a blend but when it isn’t available we get a carton of each and blend ourselves. Our daughter loves coconut “yogurt” called cultured coconut milk we get at the local Sprouts. We can also buy Flax milk there which is high in good omega three fats and super yummy.

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