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    My 13 month old was just diagnosed with a milk allergy. I have heard that soy products are not healthy to be consumed on a daily basis. What could I give her to eat that will provide with85 all she needs.



    Is this about hexane? If not, this is really a question for you to ask your doctor/pediatrician.

    I don’t think you were adequately informed. While some are touting soy as a “killer”, I think they are a little out of control. I tend to side with the moderates, who say that soy may not be the miracle food it was once thought to be, but there is probably nothing wrong with consuming a moderate amount on a daily basis. Just don’t overdose on the stuff.

    Definitely ask your doctor.


    i don’t know so much about it, but i do know there is a rice “milk”. ask your doctor, I’m sure he will have ideas for you


    I have asked my doctor and she told me soy is fine,but I have done a lot of research and have asked other doctors who believe that a child consuming soy milk will have fertility issues later in life. I have been asking adults if as a baby they drank soy milk and so far I have not found anyone, so I am a bit worried.


    Rice milk doesn’t have the protein or fat that babies need and is not considered an adequate substitute for milk. You could give your baby a hypoallergenic formula such as Alimentum or Nutramigen so that you can rest assured that she’s getting all the nutrition she needs.


    Me and my siblings grew up on Isomil formula which is soy based. Baruch Hashem there are no problems to report.


    I read Almond Milk which is a good source of fat may be a suitable substitute for Soy for a Todler or a pre Todler. Soy is a Bean, so it may be difficult for a 13 month old to digest Soy. Speak to your Doctor first about substituting Almond Milk for Soy Milk.


    If you’re beyond the formula stage enriched rice milk (rice dream brand)may be easier to digest than soy milk.I also give my dairy allergic children a calcium supplement,chewable (calci-yum) for the older and a liquid that you add to juice for the littlest.Try to pick calcium enriched products as well as foods that are naturally high in calcium like canned salmon,almonds,figs,broccoli and dark green veggies. The only thing my 6 year old misses out on is pizza soy cheese just doesn’t match up to the real thing.


    I don’t know much about almond milk, but my friend was told to feed it to her dairy-allergic son, and he ended up hospitalized for malnutrition. He was only 7 months old though.

    Enriched rice milk plus a calcium supplement would cover the calcium needs, but not protein and fat which children under age 2 need for brain development. This can lead to a condition called Kwashiokor’s. I suggest you either use a hypoallergenic formula or see a dietitian to ensure that she’s getting everything she needs.


    I raised my child basically milk/dairy free until she was over 3 years old. Until she was actually 6 or 7 I didn’t go out of my way to even buy milk on a regular nutritional basis.

    I use to make my soymilk from beans, grind, boil, squeeze it out in cheesecloth. From this I made yogurt, sometimes, or tofu. Usually I just bought tofu.

    The “fear” or “bad rap” soy has gotten is the fear of the high amounts of estrogen it contains. However, there is no real evidence showing it has messed up girls reproductive systems. In fact there are cultures who eat this as a main staple in their diet. I heard the Japanese for one.

    As well, there is that commune of hippies in Tennesse who had a population of 3,000 at one point, who had set up food production on an industrial size basis to feed each other, all based on the Vegan diet, no milk, mainly everything came from soymilk. And I never heard that this interferred with “baby having” later in life.

    You can actually order their cookbook “the farm vegetarian cookbook”


    What is wrong with Mothers Milk. The probably the best for the digestion and immune system for babies. Certainly better for the baby then Cow, Soy, Rice, Almond or any Milk Substitute.


    It might be very helpful not only to have a real sit down with your pediatrician but to get the name of a good nutritionist from him/her as well. A nutritionist can advise you not only of a variety of different milk substitutes for the growing stages of your child but also the different food groups that would be appropriate for her, and the various fruits and vegetables, etc. that would help her get the proper nutrition.

    The nutritionist can help make a meal plan with you as well as advise you on recipes and where to find them.


    Is it actual real milk allergy (very rare) or lactose intolerance (very common)? I have the latter. Many people refer to lactose intolerance as ‘milk allergy’ even though these are completely different things.

    Now as for soy: soy is completely fine. I’m 78 kg, 181 cm, and completely healthy. So are my mother and sisters and nephew, all of whom have lactose intolerance.

    Humans were not designed to drink cow milk. Cow milk is for young cows. Normal people (vast majority of the world) lose their ability to drink milk when they are a few years old.


    Almond Milk might be healthy, but could trigger a nut allergy in an infant or toddler, so I would not give it. Speak to your allergist and pediatrician, not to bloggers, who though well-intentioned, might be misinformed.


    Yankdownunder–I think we can assume that nachas isn’t breastfeeding at this point or she wouldn’t have had this question. Obviously breast milk is the best for the baby, but you can’t buy it in the supermarket.

    minyan gal

    ” Obviously breast milk is the best for the baby, but you can’t buy it in the supermarket. “

    No, but if the child is an infant and the pediatrician feels that breast milk would be best for this child, most major pediatric medical centers have breast milk banks that may be able to supply this child with adequate amounts of donated breast milk.


    IME, a milk protein allergy isn’t enough to qualify to get breast milk from a milk bank. I had to try once to get donated milk for a tube-fed child with milk and soy allergies, and she didn’t qualify either. There are babies with complex medical issues who will die if they don’t get breast milk, and these banks are usually for kids like them. Milk allergies are pretty common in babies, so there’s no way breast milk banks can provide for all milk-allergic babies when there are substitutes out there.

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