When it comes to food I just can’t catch a break.  While pregnant I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes around 28 weeks.  This meant I couldn’t have many carbs and had to control my blood sugars by eating on a schedule and spacing out the carbs I was allowed in small bits.

After having Everett I ate whatever I wanted and it was awesome!  Cakes, cookies, ice cream, and lots of Starbucks!  I noticed that Ev was a very cranky baby in the evenings and he could not be consoled.  He wouldn’t comfort nurse, rocking did nothing, and he looked like he was in pain.  Anytime he was awake he was crying unless he was eating, but the evenings were pure Hell.  I spent hours a day bouncing him on a Yoga Ball.  This was the only thing that could stop his crying, but even that wasn’t 100%.

After deciding this just wasn’t normal I looked at possible causes. Could it be reflux?  Cluster feeding with usual fussiness?  Dairy allergy or sensitivity?  Gas?

The only thing I could really do was eliminate Dairy and see if that helped.  At least it would narrow things down.  I was hoping it would show no improvement because I really didn’t want to have to give up dairy.  After a week with no dairy I was bummed that he was less fussy.  To test this I then added dairy back in to see if he would get fussy again.  Guess what?  He totally did.  Ugh.

So, I went 13.5 weeks carbless, and for the forseeable future, I am now dairyless.

Why me?

I realize this is for a great cause, as was cutting carbs for my GD.  Still, the fact that a gigantic dessert with milk in it arrived ON MY DOOR STEP as a gift from a friend doesn’t make it easier.

Now, I am going to admit to everyone that I don’t really cook.  And I suck at making a grocery list.  Usually we run out of something twice a week, and we never have any meals planned.  I have no idea what to eat for breakfast besides pop tarts and bananas (and we are out of both currently).  I can survive on PB&J and Ramen but I know I should eat healthier than that.

So……. I know many of you have had to live the dairy free lifestyle.  Luckily he doesn’t have a protein allergy (we did have his stool tested for blood to be safe) so he is just senstive to lactose.  I am only cutting straight milk, yogurt, cheese, and things with obvious dairy like creamy soups etc.  He has shown improvement though he is still fussy at night.  He is able to be calmed though and it doesn’t last hours like before.  Newborns are fussy, I can live with this level of it and I’m sure it is normal.

I’d love to hear advice from those of you in the same boat.  What kind of meals did you make (especially breakfast, but no eggs… I only like them with cheese!)?  What did you use to satisfy your craving for cookies and milk?  Is there any way to disguise the nuttiness of soy milk in a latte?!  Will anything that is meant to taste like milk ever actually taste good?!

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42 Responses

  1. Best of luck Kim! I was mostly dairy free pre-pregnancy, could tolerate some during pregnancy, and have been on moderate dairy (pretty much just small amounts of cheese and some small amounts of cooked milk) since.

    Most important for that morning coffee or latte — all soymilks are NOT created equal! I don’t care for the taste of most – I’m a huge fan of 8th Continent Vanilla soymilk (either light or regular) for my morning coffee. I’ve tried other brands of soymilk in a pinch, and it just doesn’t have that creamy taste I want.

    For breakfast, I’m a big fan of muffins/quick breads. (Ok, I like quick breads, I don’t have to mess with the little cups) Or, a tortilla smeared in Peanut butter and wrapped around a banana keeps me going for quite awhile – especially if I have wheat tortillas. Hope that helps a little!

  2. Perhaps you could try goat milk products and see how he handles that dairy, if it’s lactose intolerance and not a true allergy then it might work. Most lactose intolerant people can go back to dairy just by switching from cow to goat. I would recommend finding a farmer, not getting the goat milk at the grocery store…it’s horrid, but fresh goat milk is delicious if handled properly and fresh!

  3. I’m very confused how he could be sensitive to lactose. Momma Milk is basically ALL lactose, so he would basically me allergic to your milk.. (which effects less than 1% of the population.)

    Having a dairy protein intolerance is different than a full blown allergy – baby gets fussy/refluxy, but doesn’t get blood in stools/rash/ect. Dairy protein intolerance is often misdiagnosed as lactose intolerance. This is important for you to know, because it really changes the things you can eat.

    Kellymom.com is a well respected breastfeeding resource. These two links should help you understand the difference between lactose allergy and dairy protein intolerance..
    http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/food-sensitivity.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/lactose-intolerance.html

    I’m going to write the rest of this post as if you have dairy protein intolerance, because as you’ll read from the second link, it does not sound like you have a lactose allergy. (Again, YOUR milk is primarily lactose, and God did not make babies to be allergic to their mom’s milk!)

    Dairy protein intolerance SUCKS, but you can manage! The first thing to do is learn what names dairy protein will hide under – Whey, casein, caseinate, anything with milk/butter/yoghurt. (Whey and casein are dairy proteins that almost ALL prepackaged food contains.)

    At home, replace butter with all vegetable margarine. (Earth Balance has NO dairy in it. Most margarine’s have some dairy, even though they say ‘vegetable’ in it. Crisco is an all vegetable shortening, although I’ve found store brands to have dairy.”)

    You can bake with applesauce instead of butter for desserts. Switch over regular milk to almond/rice/soy milk. There ARE dairy free cheeses out there, just be sure to read the label. At a health food store the other day searching for non-dairy-cheese, out of almost 20 different kinds, only THREE had no caseinate in it!!

    You can google online for “tofu ricotta recipe”, “vegan Parmesan recipe”, “vegan cheese sauce recipe”, ect. Vegan is your key word to cooking from now on! (Just add meat where you want it.) Nutritional yeast is this awesome stuff you can buy at a health food shop that has a cheesy flavor.. it’s used in most vegan cheese recipes. (Personally, I LOVE it!)

    Be prepared when you go out to eat. Hit up the health food store and buy some vegan granola/power bars, so you’re not tempted to reach for something with dairy in it. Remind yourself that it’s just healthier to avoid desserts anyway and that the kind YOU make has less fat.

    It’s tough, but it gets easier. I feel better after being dairy free for many months. I was vegan once upon a time, so I’m sure that helps, too. If you have any questions, email me at
    mommytrenches at gmail dot com

    -April

  4. Wow. I am glad Everret is feeling bad, but sorry for you. I have never had to do that but i do have ONE dairy free cookie recipe.
    1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of splenda (or sugar or whatever sweetener you like) and 1-2 eggs (depends on the eggs you use)
    Mix well and then drop them by spoonfull on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. They are really filling and yummy too!

  5. Hello –

    My middle son can not have lactose…he is 17 months and was unable to have it since birth (he too was extreamly fussy and also had a rash…once we took lactose away he was ok…i then gave it back to him and long and behold rash and fussiness came back again)…anywho he is now drinking lactaid – a lactose free milk…it seems to be doing the trick…im trying to remember to make everything he eats w/that (even our meals) but sometimes forget and it causes some issues w/watery poop but w/that he seems ok.

    A choc chip cookie here and there has not bothered him and breakfast he still eats eggs w/milk/cheese we just try not to over do it. As i said we def know when its been over done b/c of his stools.

    Good luck and hope u find something that works for you and ur lil one!

  6. I was a gestational diabetic the first time as well. I have also suffered from IBS throughout my life and tried a number of diets, including dairy free. Here is my biggest piece of advice: Don’t think of soy or rice products as “substitutes” because you’ll always be disappointed. Get some good vegetarian cookbooks (you an always add in meat) or search online for recipes. The soy cheese is actually pretty good and you can make a yummy tofu lasagna adding the soy cheese as well. I started with vanilla flavored soy, but then got used to plain. I also agree that 8th Continent is superior. Hope this helps.

  7. PS: This has not been the case for me, but most physicians will tell you that people who are lactose intolerant can generally tolerate yogurt and small amounts of cheese because they are low in lactose. Also, lactaid was seriously my best friend through those years. This way you can treat yourself, but I would check to make sure it’s ok with nursing. For some reason, pregnancy and nursing seemed to help my IBS symptoms. Odd, but true.

  8. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but it will get easier. I loved milk and would drink 2-3 glasses a day, along with all the other dairy I ate. When I cut it out for my son, I thought I would miss it so much – and I did, at first. But eventually I hardly missed it all.

    I found I liked Almond Milk better than soy milk, and it can be better for the baby too. Soy can be hard to digest. Know going into it that it will taste different and think of it as a new food, not a replacement food. I didn’t drink almond milk in glasses like a did with cow’s milk, but I had it with my cereal in the morning.

    If you like bagels, you can also use something like Smart Balance Buttery Spread, which does not contain dairy. Or try a bagel with jam.

    It can take 10 days for all the dairy to leave your system, so you may find his fussiness is even less once you have been cutting it out, consistently, for 10 days or so.

    Good luck!

  9. If you like chai, soy chai lattes taste a lot less “soy” to me than soy coffee lattes – maybe it’s the cinnamon and spices that cover up the taste of soy?

  10. If you can, try almond milk. It’s slightly sweet and makes coffee more creamy than soy. I agree on finding some cookbooks, especially vegan ones because that diet includes zero dairy.

    Can you manage oatmeal? I find that it makes a great breakfast or lunch. Another thing we love is beans and rice in a tortilla or without.

    Good luck!

  11. I’m sorry. That sucks. But let me say BRAVO TO YOU FOR DOING A GOOD THING FOR YOUR CHILD. One of my husband’s friends, wives.. lol. Found out their newborn was lactose intolerant, and automatically told her husband there was NOTHING they could do, she had to switch to soy formula automatically. Uh, yeah. This is not the first thing that she’s done, knowing better, and pulling the wool over her husband’s eyes. First it was drink while she was pregnant. She almost had him convinced it was COMPLETELY safe to drink as much as she wanted. Then it was the formula. Then it was baby einstein. She insisted it would be 100% good for the baby to sit in front of it all day long. Apparently she doesn’t interact much with the baby. She seemed ‘mad’ the other day that he wouldn’t drink his formula. It drives me bonkers some of the things I witness/hear about.

  12. I didn’t have the GD, but I have had to eliminate the dairy also. My son is allergic and did have the blood in his stool. I’ve started eating sandwiches for breakfast bc I like cereal with milk. I use lots of vegetables on the sandwich, with lunch meat, and mustard instead of mayo. (I am starving by lunch if I don’t eat big in the morning, but I am usually starving anyway, lol.)
    I’ll stir fry something at lunch and put it on angel hair pasta. For dinner we have meat and vegetables. I really miss my milk/cheese. I tried an Amy’s vegan pizza, it was terrible.
    The bright side, I have lost all my pregnancy weight and then some! It is amazing what happens when you take the dairy out of your diet.

  13. It gets better! I’ve been dairy/soy free for 6 months now and it was super hard in the beginning, but it does get easier.
    Here is one of my favorite blogs with some good recipes:
    http://mspimama.blogspot.com/
    and another helpful one:
    http://eatingoutmspi.blogspot.com/
    Also I joined a local listserv/support group which has been a total life saver. That was the best thing I could have done. It helps to be able to talk to/ask questions of other mamas going through the same thing.
    We use almond milk which is super yummy. Dark chocolate almond milk works great for hot coco or coffee creamer. There are some vegan “cheeses” which are a decent substitute when you are really craving cheese.

  14. Try cutting out caffeine. Ev sounds exactly like my son when he was that age (he’s now 3 months and completely grown out of the fussiness). Once I gave up my daily morning caffeinated coffee, the fussiness eased. I know, another thing to give up but might be worth a try.

  15. There’s a bakery in NYC called Babycakes (I think…) and they make amazing vegan stuff that you wouldn’t know is vegan. And they have a cookbook.

    Some people who can’t have dairy do really well with goat’s milk and chevre. You could probably do kefir, which is totally yummy (get the vanilla kind).

  16. Hi!
    Been reading your blog for a while and can I ever relate to your suffering. My almost 4 month old had a lot of the same problems. I thought it might be milk as well and then possibly reflux.
    The website for Dr. Jen (which is not me) helped me really problem solve what was going on with my little Noah. I gave you the direct link to the article that was most helpful, but she has an amazing web site with LOTS of helpful information for other things as well. She is a BIG breastfeeding advocate and my Dad (who is a doctor) knows her personally and considers her to be one of the best pediatricians out there.
    In any case, if Ev is lactose intolerant, some of it could be due to getting too much of the “foremilk” which isn’t a term used very much anymore. Mine was SO gassy and fussy (burps, vomit, fussiness, flatulence, diarrhea – you name it we had it). I had an oversupply with overactive let down and doing block feedings really helped. A week later he was SO happy. Smiles, coos and even laughs. Just a real turn around. STill have overactive let down, but there’s not a whole lot I can do about that, just wait and hope it gets better. (Everything should work itself out around 3 – 4 months)
    Anyway, when you get to her site, click on breastfeeding and then on the sentence that has too much milk highlighted. There is another sentence below that has what foods you should avoid.
    Hope this helps!

    Good luck!

    1. i had oversupply/let down also and my overactive let down got better after about 2.5 months (or baby got better at handling it!) but same gassy symptoms as your before i started to block feed!

  17. I didn’t think of this when I was breastfeeding and it was my son’s problem. When he was just over a year and they were talking about putting tubes in his ears, we took him to a kinesiologist. He said take him off anything with dairy in it and limit the amount of soy he has. We took him off for a year and haven’t had an ear infection since. He tolerates it fine now, but we still limit how much dairy he gets.
    We loved the Turtle Mountian products made with coconut milk.
    http://www.turtlemountain.com/products/products.html
    I know some people don’t like the taste of coconut, but none of their products seemed to have a coconut flavor. I didn’t try their coffee creamer, but I tried all of the others.
    http://coconutbliss.com/ also has AWESOME ice cream!
    Cookies: Oreos are dairy-free. http://www.alternativebaking.com/ has good cookies too.
    Sorry we could NOT find a good cheese substitue to recommend. If my next has the same problem, I will be in trouble because I LOVE cheese! 🙂 Good luck.

  18. Hi,

    My baby was super fussy after a couple weeks of age. This is baby #3 for me, she is now 3 months old. She was SUPER gassy, spit up ALOT, and cried the more she ate.
    I have a couple suggestions that worked for me…..BUT-big BUT, one of them may only work if you have a similar problem. I toyed with the idea of talking to my ped office about how fussy she was. I just figured they would tell me to cut out milk so I did some research of my own. I make WAY too much milk for the first 3 months(and have all 3 times).I started putting 2 and 2 together and came to the conclusion, because I make too much milk, I also make too much foremilk (which makes babies super gassy and fussy). So, I did 2 things. I started block feeding (one side for 2-3 nursing sessions before switching), AND giving her probiotics. After just a few days she was like a new baby! She went from my most fussy baby, to my sweetest and easiest baby! I stopped giving her the probiotics after a few weeks…she started spitting up ALOT again. Started them back-and WHOLA-she quit spitting up so much!!
    If you google colic and probiotics you will find TONS of articles on it. Here is one-
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4714758_use-probiotics-relieve-colic.html
    It might be worth trying…and might allow you to have dairy again because it helps the digestive system break down the high amount of sugar in dairy (and foremilk).
    Hope this is helpful!

    1. I second post #17 & 18 by the other Jenniffer! EXACT SAME PROBLEM HERE!! Its not something that alot of peds or even lactation consultants seem to mention as a problem/solution. Block Feedings & Probiotics were the trick for us too!!!

  19. I was on the MSPI diet for 4 months with my son. It was not fun at first. But I learned to live with it and it made my son happy. I did cut out all milk and soy. There are several resources available for eating including the MSPI cookbook. It was very helpful on the list of items that are really milk and soy.
    http://www.foodallergymama.com/
    http://cooking-allergen-free.blogspot.com/
    http://mspimama.blogspot.com/

    MilkWorks in Lincoln, NE has a listserve for food intorlance kids. It was really helpful in the beginning. Google it.

    My life saver was Oreo cookies.

    I think the combo of MSPI-diet and reflux meds really help my son be a happy and heathly eating baby. He could have both. You might want to try a reflux med to ease the pain of sleepless nights.

    email me if you’ve got more questions!

  20. I can definitely relate. My daughter has been actually doing better but just got done screaming in pain until she fell asleep. The yoga ball in the laundry room with the dryer on was my only help in the early weeks too. I researched everything and gave up dairy and soy for awhile to see if that would help and it has seemed to help. I felt like I could not eat anything because I lived off of dairy. I lived off potatos, rice, turkey, rice milk, pears for a week to try and eliminate all the possibilities.

    I also researched the overproductive milk supply which I also have and have been doing block feedings. Whish has seemed to help.

    I have been using vanilla rice milk for my milk substitute and actually like it better than soy for the taste. It is not as thick but it works. I have been eating oatmeal, cream of wheat, plain cheerios, grape nuts, rice chex, all with rice milk. Certain bagels are okay, and I made pancakes from the box with rice milk. I have been driving myself crazy with checking labels. It has been very hard.

    For lunch I have been trying to make a big pot of vegetable soup on the weekends to eat throughout the week, but PB & J is a staple. Leftovers from dinner like spaghetti or chicken salad.

    I miss tacos with sour cream and cheese, yougurt, milk! I am just trying to focus on what I can eat.

    I was lucky to find some vegan bananna bread at Earthfare and graham crackers have helped with cookie cravings. I am pretty sure oreos do not have milk in them, I think they only have soy. Also rice dream ice cream has worked if I am really wnating something sweet.

    I have a huge sweet tooth when I am breastfeeding, so I have been trying to find heathly things to eat.

    Helpful websites for me were http://www.beanmom.com/nomilk.html
    http://www.thefussybabysite.com/coping/non-dairy-diet-and-breastfeeding

    I hope this helps. I was getting ready to blog about the same thing in a week or two. It is nice to know we are not alone

  21. Don’t get plain soy milk, get vanilla or chocolate flavored – tastes so much better!
    For breakfast, I used to make a lot of muffins and biscuits. Make sure you use plain soy milk when baking because vanilla flavored biscuits have an interesting taste (yes, I made them one day when we were out of plain, lol!) My daughter loved them, but I didn’t! You can freeze the muffins so you don’t have to bake everyday. Soy yogurt is not too bad – try it on top of a fruit salad (apples, oranges, bananas, or whatever you like. I found things I could make ahead of time and pull out of the fridge to be easiest with a baby: pasta with veggies, grilled chicken for salads, etc. Good luck!

  22. Probiotics are a GREAT idea! As is block feeding. Maybe you’ll have miracle results with that! Also, I wonder what would happen if YOU took some sort of digestive enzyme when you had dairy. I wonder if it would help when it transferred to your milk. Hmm.

    I’ve been dairy free this summer. Ugh. I have really come to appreciate almond milk. It is very good IN things when you need a milk substitute and I have come to be able to drink it WITH things (like when I need a cookies and milk fix). I would definitely avoid soy milk. It irritates a lot of babies too. Is he sensitive to butter? I use coconut oil a lot in recipes. If you use the expeller pressed, it doesn’t have the coconut taste. For breakfasts you might give eggs another chance. I was really getting tired of them until I discovered that chopping up a baked potato and adding some leftover beans and meat to the eggs while they were cooking created a “skillet meal” and then I could smother the whole thing in salsa. Really tasty. You also might try making a bunch of muffins ahead of time for the week. You MIGHT be able to have some really quality yogurt or kefir because the lactose might be digested out of it. Aged cheeses might be okay as well (a little Parmesan, etc.). Dairy free frozen fruit smoothies are my fix for when I REALLY want a milkshake!

    I hope that helps!

  23. Goodness, this sounds exactly like my son! Except I didn’t try cutting out dairy, I just figured he’s fussy so we have to deal with it. But I can sympathize with you about cluster feedings at night and being incredibly fussy. He’s very gassy especially at night and needs to be held/worn constantly to be happy.

    I haven’t tried cutting out dairy BUT if he’s sensitive to lactose I may be able to help since I myself am lactose intolerant. And I will not give up dairy! For breakfast, I still have cereal and milk, but I use Lactaid (or store brand Lactose-free) Milk. Alone, it tastes sweeter than milk since the Lactose breaks down to glucose and galactose. BUT…I don’t notice it in cereal or if I use my milk to wash something down.

    And about cheese: hard cheeses like cheddar have less lactose than soft cheeses like mozzarella. I was so confused for awhile – I thought I was okay with cheese but then I’d have a homemade pizza and have problems. So go with hard cheese!

    And lastly, if it really is the lactose, stock up on the Lactaid pills. I just straight up refused to cut out diary so I make sure I always have some on hand.

    Good luck! Keep us posted on what helps! Maybe it’ll help my son…he’s five months now and less fussy but still difficult at night. And I know my problem was not overproduction of milk – I have never had enough no matter how hard I try. Good luck with Everett!

  24. I discovered as an adult (through elimination trials) that I’m actually allergic to dairy and was fairly certain I would starve or melt. However, there are tons of great substitutes out there now! Many of them aren’t even soy-based. And there are lots of great websites with info, depending on what you need. Every holiday, we find new ways to cook old faves using recipe substitutes online.
    What I’ve learned: Toast with Sunbutter (allergic to peanuts, too) can be a wonderful protein-y breakfast. Odwalla’s choco-walla and mocha-walla are great on-the-go protein. Hummus has become my protein snack of choice. Almond milk and almond “ice cream” are much less offensive tasting than soy when you’ve recently had cow’s milk. Good Karma has the best tasting rice milk and rice milk “ice cream” of all. Daiya cheese is the best, but Soy Station and Veggie Shreds aren’t too shabby. Of the coconut frozens and yogurts, chocolate tastes the least coconut-y. Barbara’s Naturals cereal bars are safe and pretty yummy. Several of the Kashi products are safe, although not most, and they are good.
    If you do processed foods: Duncan Hines has two brownie mixes (family style, I think) and at least two cake mixes with zero dairy in them. Pillsbury has several dairy-free canned icings. Pillsbury’s sugar cookie batter-in-a-tube is safe, as are their original crescent rolls. Campbell’s Beefy Mushroom and Golden Mushroom condensed soups will substitute for cream-of-whatever soups in many recipes. Fleishman’s unsalted margarine is safe and subs great for recipes requiring unsalted butter, although Earth Balance is the best tasting (expensive) all-around margarine. Mama Mary’s small-size pizza crusts are safe.
    OH! Most importantly, Newman’s Own has dairy-free oreos!!!

  25. please excuse typing errors, nursing while writing this! my first son had a diaper rash around 2 weeks old the dr said was from dairy, i cut out dairy and switched to cloth diapers, rash went away, re added dairy. i assumed it was from sposie dipes and not due to dairy. he also spit up allot and was gassy. find out when he is 1 year old that he has a dairy and egg allergy! And me drinking milk was passing proteins onto him. baby #2 spit up a ton, no rash cd from day 1, i had stopped dairy mid pregnancy so when he was born i was dairy free. turns out i was producing too much milk, switched to block feeding and he greatly improved. i also tried baby zantac and it did nothing.i consume dairy if its an ingreduent but dont eat cheese, yogurt etc…also dont eat eggs. theres tons of food without dairy (and eggs!) oreos are dairy and egg free! Also coconut milk ice cream is very good! smart balance light is dairy free butter substitute, allot of margarines still have dairy. home made soy cheese pizza is also very yummy. or cresent rolls with deli meat and rice or soy cheese. i am going to look into probiotics as my son still spits up! good luck goining dairy free, its not too hard once you get used to it.

  26. Almond Milk 🙂 It’s a bit thicker than regular cows milk, but for me it has been a great substitute.

  27. I agree with others, I used probiotics with my son as well as personally cutting way back on dairy. I also gave him Hylands Colic Tablets, which I now call miracle pills! 🙂 Doing all of these things gave me a new baby! Oh, and my son wouldn’t take a bottle so I took the probiotics about 30 minutes before each feeding. Good luck!

  28. Aw, I hear you. My daughter is 4 months now and after the first three weeks of crying, we are now at 3 months of dairy free. I live on vegetables, fish, and fruit. Plain or with a dairy-free margarine. And almond milk, I can’t say enough good stuff about almond milk. Also, if you have a recipe that calls for a cream soup, (like the condensed cream of celery) I make up the soup myself with almond milk. It’s a difficult road for awhile, but soon you get used to it. And I’ll tell you, I personally feel better since giving up milk. It also helps with the weight loss!

    A side note, my chiropractor recommended that I wait until she’s a bit older and try drinking organic milk. He’s worked with patients that have had children unable to handle mainstream milk but didn’t have a problem with organic milk.

  29. My husband is dairy and egg-free so we’ve come up with a few solutions.

    (1) if you’re in the US Stoneycreek farms makes a very good soy yogurt (they are the only one I’d recommend, the others are just weird tasting).
    (2) try almond milk, it’s not milk but the consistency is closer than soy or rice. Also try different brands of soy. We find So Good in Canada the best (but I still wouldn’t drink it plain)
    (3) make smoothies for breakfast with some frozen berries and soy/almond milk. Use lots of berries and you wont notice the difference.
    (4) you can get soy cream cheese. I’m not a fan but my husband likes it. You may also be able to have regular yogurt and cream cheese because the bacteria eat most of the lactose and your son doesn’t have a protein allergy
    (5) Make and freeze muffins (with soy/almond milk) that you can just pull out of the freezer and warm each morning.
    (6) Make and freeze french toast and pancakes with almond instead of regular milk. Put them in the toaster when you want one.

    Hope this helps. Good luck!

  30. Almond Milk! This stuff tastes so much better than soy. It totally made giving up milk better. Soy cheese really isn’t all that bad, especially the mozzarella version.
    My son is almost a year now and he doesn’t seem to have trouble with dairy as much anymore. Hopefully your son grows out of it too.

    1. I will have to try a pizza with some soy mozzarella! I am dying for pizza! It is just so hard because I went without for a long time while pregnant and now I am without for a long haul again. Thanks for the suggestion!

      1. kim…go to strong hearts for vegan pizza. soy cheese is nasty. but they apparently make a killer vegan pizza and have the BEST vegan milkshakes known to man. seriously…might be better than a regular milkshake. they have all sorts of vegan yummies too. not sure why i didnt think of that before. its right by SU…near that big circular hotel. they also have amazing cakes and muffins and cupcakes and stuff. everything there is vegan. also there is another vegan place in town…i forget the name but i will get back to you with it. ask me on the phone so i dont forget…

  31. I doubt it is “just” lactose — otherwise he’d be totally intolerant of your milk (all mammal milk has lactose).

    Have you looked at the FB site for Kids With Food Allergies? http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1349758803561#!/kidswithfoodallergies Babble just named them one of the top 50 FB Fan Pages for Parents. KFA also has a “full site” (www.kidswithfoodallergies.org) with Support Forums (including one dedicated to Moms bfing their kiddos on restricted diets because of allergies) and a Recipe Data Base that has over 1,000 recipes that are varying degrees of top 8 Free. They’ve been invaluable to me for years — first for my daughter, and then my younger sons. I nursed my now 3YO for 2+ years on a diet free of the top 8 major allergens (dairy, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fin fish and shellfish). I also nursed my new baby for 4 mos on a dairy free diet (he’s now on a special formula through a feeding tube because of other not-allergy GI issues). Dairy free is tough at first, but it does get easier. After being totally dairy free for 2+ years, and mostly dairy free prior to that (my now 9YO was diagnosed with a dairy allergy 5 years ago), cooking and eating dairy free has become second nature (and no, it didn’t take all 5 years, I swear.)

  32. Have you tested him for Celiac disease? I have it, and am on a gluten-free diet. because it is genetic, our baby will not get gluten/wheat until doctors can confirm that she does not have Celiac.

    I have noticed that if I get a little bit of gluten in my diet, she gets extra fussy.

    also, have you tried “gripe water”? it’s SO HELPFUL FOR FUSSY/GASSY BABIES

  33. There are many delicious ways to avoid dairy, try pre-made vegan desserts or other vegan ingredient substitutions. They are healthier for you and delicious and hopefully there is a health food store/co-op in your area with those options. I love almond or coconut milk in place of rice or soy milk in my coffees or recipes. Have you tried cooking your eggs in different ways to see if you can tolerate the no cheese, or maybe try some goat cheeses since babies tend to not be as sensitive to dairy derived from goats. Hope that helps 🙂

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