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Putting 11-Month Old on Rice Milk.

Hello. I have an 11-month old daughter who doesn't tolerate soy or cow's milk. I am still breastfeeding, but would like to be done. Has anyone tried the rice milk this early? If so, did you have to supplement for the fat (for brain development) that they would get in whole milk, but won't get with the rice milk?

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Hi Everyone! Thanks for all your responses - they were all very helpful! We have tried the goats milk, and she hated it! We are going to a nutritionist on Monday to make sure she will get plenty of fat and protein through her diet and supplements.

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Have you thought about goat's milk? I have never personally tried it with any of my kids, but I do know of others who have. Just a suggestion!

i thought you couldn't give kids rice milk until they are 5yrs old unless a dr. suggests it. At least that is what is wriiten on the actual cartons.

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My daughter is 3 now and still drinks rice milk. I buy the enriched stuff not the original. I also buy vanilla because it tastess better and has a bit more fat. She is skinny(36" and 25lbs.)! I have to watch her weight pretty close. I would try the goats milk first. She's actually allergic to a protien in the milk not lactose intolerant, so goat's milk didn't work for us. I do feed her a bit of regular milk in cooked foods and she seems to be able to have cheese and yogurt. something about the protien she's allergic to doesn't affect her after being cooked. I would suggest seeing a nutritionist if you see your daughter losing or not gaining weight after you switch to rice milk.My daughter just turned 3 on Sunday and is testing at a 5yr-olds levels so I don't think the low-fat has hurt her brain development:)

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I would use baby formula. I don't think rice milk or any other will have all the nutrients your baby needs

My son liked rice milk just fine, but I actually added formula to it (he was exclusively breastfed before this). I'm not sure you'd be able to do it since I think all but Nutramigen (or something like that) have soy or cow's milk base.

However, it may sound gross but goat's milk is much closer to human milk than cow's milk, and has more fat and calories than rice milk. We were able to find it at our supermarket and Walmart. It's worth a try! My son liked it alright and it was really good for transition between breastfeeding and cow's milk.

S.

I would recommend goats milk. It is very close to breast milk and easy to digest.

If your daughter does not tolerate formula or soy or milk, I would strongly encourage you to continue breastfeeding as long as you can. I am 64, mother of two breast fed adults from and allergic family and a former La Leche League leader. During my 13 years as a leader, I worked with families with allergic children...any who abandoned the breast milk before the child indicated he/she was done wished they had stayed with it because of ear infections, colds, asthma and other breathing problems that occurred when breastfeeding stopped. I can understnad being ready to be done...maybe there are some self care things you could do for yourself or your partner could do for you that will support your decision to stay with breastfeeding until child weans? V.

i thought you couldn't give kids rice milk until they are 5yrs old unless a dr. suggests it. At least that is what is wriiten on the actual cartons.

I have my almost 18 month old on Rice milk for the same reason. I get the original enriched.

I started giving it to him around 12 months, when we started the weaning process.

For a little while, probably until he was 13 months or so, I would put some formula in it just incase. My son couldn't and still can't tolerate regular milk so we have stuck with it. You can buy it in bulk at Vitamin cottage.

I also found that it made weaning easier because the rice milk tastes sweeter then regular milk.

Good luck. When your daughter has enough teeth, you can give her a vitamin too. So far we haven't had any problems. My best friend has her kkids on it too for the same reasons and they have turned out just fine!

Please find some place where you can get some goat's milk. Sounds weird, I know, but it is better for babies, much less likely to cause allergies, and it supplies the fat your baby needs

Hi A.. I am lactose intolerant and my boys are both lactose sensitive and both were breastfed. We gave our firstborn rice milk as he temporarily weaned when I was pregnant with our second, @ 18 months old. All of our natural family doctors and even mainstream pediatricians have said it was great, but we buy the ENRICHED version. It costs a bit more but it's worth it. Also, if I were you I would not buy the vanilla flavored kind, as then you have to wean them off of THAT, too! And it is sugar that they don't need.

One more thing...I would make sure as you wean her off of your breastmilk, you replace it with solids that are dense in good fats/highly nutritious such as: avocado, sweet potato, leafy greens, (organic) chicken or meat, cheeses, yogurt (not the really sugary ones but something like Mountain High), etc.

Best wishes, and congratulations for breastfeeding for ELEVEN MONTHS!! Breastfeeding to one year is what the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends, and it is a big accomplishment and you did it!

There aren't a ton of nutrients in rice milk...I would be cautious. I am gluten intolerant and cut out all lactose for a while - and it was just something to wet the gluten-free cereal.

As for extra fats - it isn't the same kind of fat, but avocados are a great source of healthful fats. Kids usually love them at 11mos. I would definitely consult your pediatrician before making such a change.

You may want to check with your pediatrician. I know mine said NO cows milk or any other milk (other than breast milk or formula) until age 1. You only have a month to go. I have a friend who at age 1 did do rice milk but make sure her son got lots of yogurt and cheese for fat and vitamin D. Make sure it's the version that has all the extra vitamins and stuff in it, not the original.

My boys drink rice milk too. Almond is good too, but there's the allergy piece there with the nuts.

There is a strawberry flavored liquid oil omega-3 supplement called Children's DHA (by nordic naturals) that we put in their milk and call it strawberry milk. You can get it at health food stores. My guys are a little older (one is 3 and one is 15 months and still nursing)than your daughter.

I would consider getting her tested to see what is really going on with her allergies. My boys don't have strong reactions to wheat, dairy, or soy, but test positive for all 3. They just always seemed to have a cold or have trouble getting over illness.

Good luck! LA

I would look into Goats milk, it has the same if not more nutrients than breestmilk and digest very well in infants. That is what I have always used and my kids are very healthy, plus it tastes great!

Yes, but not until about 15 months. My D is also very allergic. Fats can be obtained in other foods. As well, ask your doctor for a dietician consult to help get the nutrition issues started correctly. Ailimentum is a predigested formula that has the proteins broken down for easier digestion. This may be another option. The issue must be a protein allergy if soy is an issue as soy does not contain the lactose that milk does. You may want to seek more medical advice for allergy testing. I am a family practitioner and my Daughter's Dr. put her on Rice formula only to find out she was more allergic to rice than to dairy! Have your little one properly tested...it is not too early even though some will say you must wait until 2 years. DON'T! Find out what you can do now.

If you are feeding her healthy foods she gets what she needs. You aren't going to get these things from commercial-sold, highly pasteurized cows milks anyway. Rice milk is great for this. Also, you can get the fish oil capsules and puncture one and squirt some in her mouth everyday- my 2 yr olds LOVE it, and sometimes will chew on the capsule afterward like gum..

Just be sure she is eating good foods too! We gave them Rice milk at that age.
The Goats milk suggestion is great too!

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HI, WELL I HAVE A 21 MONTH OLD LIL GIRL WHO I HAD BEEN BREASTFEEDING FOR A YEAR WHEN HER FATHER AND I DECIDED TO GET A DIVORCE. SO WITH ALL THE CHANGES (PACKING, MOVING, SCREAMING :)) I NEEDED SOMEONE TO BE ABLE TO BABY SIT HER, BUT AT 1 YEAR OF AGE SHE HAD NEVER BEEN BABYSAT AND I ONLY BREASTFED I NEVER PUMPED OR USED A BOTTLE AND COME TO FIND OUT I COULDNT PUMP. SO I STARTED TRYING EVERY FORMULA OUT THERE BECAUSE SHE STILL DIDNT EAT REALLY GOOD SO SHE STILL NEEDED FORMULA. AND IF YOU HAVE EVER TASTED THEM (FORMULAS) THEY ARE NASTY!!!!! BUT I FINALLY CAME ACROSS GENIUS ORGANICS FORMULA (GOATS MILK) AND IT IS SWEET LIKE BREAST MILK. SO I JUST WENT COLD TURKEY WITH HER ONE DAY AND TOLD HER NO MORE BOOB BABY. SO I HAVE GIVIN YOU THE WEB SITE. I STILL USE IT WHEN SHE IS TEETHING REALLY BAD BECAUSE SHE REFUSES TO EAT FOOD WHEN HER MOUTH REALLY HURTS AND AT LEAST THIS WAY I KNOW SHE IS GETTING THE VITAMINS SHE NEEDS AND IT COMES IN VANILLA AND CHOCOLATE SO SHE LOVES IT.
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Hey, Could she take formula? There is formula for 9-24 mon olds. Or, is she still allergic to that? I don't think I would give rice milk. There is no fat in it. The other option is to continue to nurse until she's two. After that, they're supposed to have lowfat milk.

A.,

Try goats milk instead. You get better benefits than cows milk. Before soy, rice, almond, hemp,and the list goes on. People drank goats milk. I have ahard time with cows milk and no problem with goats milk.

Here are some links for you.
http://www.realfoodliving.com/goatmilk.htm

http://www.abundalife.com/goats.asp

http://www.saanendoah.com/compare.html

You will be surprised at how good it taste.

Hope this helps.

J.

Rice milk is nutritionally weak. I know it's physically draining, but your breast milk is the very best option for your daughter's nutrition. There is no way to really supplement equivalently. If you must wean, wean to a hypo-allergenic formula or goat's milk or some combination. If she truly has an allergic constitution she could develop an allergy to these if she starts drinking them a lot. This is how it worked with my allergic kiddos when they became enchanted with any new food/drink. Things to consider.... Good luck!

Baby's brains need breastmilk or whole milk until their second birthday. Maybe you can cut back on the number of nursings, or buy a high quality pump and make sure your baby has the health benefits of your milk as long as possible. Talk to a nutritionist to see what your options are without risking your daughter's health.

Try goat milk instead of rice milk

I don't know much about the details, but I have heard not to use rice milk as a substitution for breastmilk or formula, I don't think it is nutritionally complete.

Have you thought about goat's milk? I have never personally tried it with any of my kids, but I do know of others who have. Just a suggestion!

I have nephews who can't tolerate regular cow's milk, but their doctor recommended hormone-free cow's milk (such as Winder Dairy or I think Cream of Weber does that now) and they can drink that just fine. They found out they aren't allergic to the lactose, just the hormones. Anyway, something to think about.

Last time I looked, rice milk had very little protein, besides having no fat. We had this problem with my son, and I had him on formula from 10 months to 16 or 18 months. Then he outgrew the problem with soy milk, and now he drinks lots of it all the time. We're still working on the problem with cow's milk.

You might also look at the nutrition label on almond milk - it's probably better than rice milk, but I don't know for sure. Of course, if you have a family history of nut allergies, you might not want to go that way. Good luck!

With the intolrance problems your daugther has I would continue to breatfeed cutting back nursing until she is down to one nursing which is usually the night feeding. Then go to regular food. Add rice milk if you believe it is neccesary using a cup not a bottle. If you use a bottle then you will need to wean her away from the bottle which will be an added stress for both of you.

We are the only the mammal which drink another's milk- humans drink cow's milk. Our digestive sytems are not designed for that and this causes many problems for us human.

My husband has many allergies and the cause had been attributed to improper and too rapid of introduction to solid food and not being given breast milk.

Breast feeding your child is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your child.

I nursed my children for a least 18 months. I was an avid member of the la leache League. Their manual was my nursing bible and my mother had nursed her children so I had a great support system. Those children are in their 30th and late 20's now. No allergies or food problems of any kind.

The main concern is just the fat content is considerably less in rice milk. i have 2 children who can not tolerate either soy or cow's milk. Most people can not tolerate them, however don't relize thier health problems stem from cow's milk and soy products. Coconut milk is ideal for children as well as many other benefits that cow's milk can not come close to. Rice milk is fine but i recommend rotating it with coconut and/or other milks. There are some good tasting alternatives such as almond, oat, and hemp milk out there now. I make smoothies with the rice milk in the morning often blending it with fresh fruit and some coconut milk. coconut milk can get expensive - however you can look up Azure Standard (via the web) they truck in whole sale groceries once a month to most places in Utah and if you buy coconut milk by the case it is much more affordable. Interestingly enough, you may want to try raw goat's or cow's milk. One of my two children who react to pasteruized cow's milk have no problem with raw since it still has all the digestive enzymes present. I know a few very good safe sources if you are interested. As faw as quitting nursing - I know what you mean by being ready to stop - I am there myself - but the longer you can nurse even just sticking it out until 12 or 13 months - the better for your child's health. Good luck!

Hi A.,

I have a son with severe food allergies, and he was put on rice milk at 13 months. It was awful, but necessary if your daughter has allergies too (I don't know much about lactose intolerance). The biggest issue is getting enough fat. We made smoothies with flaxseed oil to get him enough fat (recommended by his nutritionist). We also gave him butter, like on bread, to help (I think Fleishmans is non-dairy). But, he was still really skinny. We tried goats milk (which is supposed to be gentle like breastmilk) and that worked for a while. So, if I were you I would try the Goat's milk first since it is healtiher than cows milk and you won't have to supplement. If she can't tolerate that then I suggest you try rice milk or almond milk (if she doesn't have a nut allergy) and insist that your doctor refers you to a nutritionist so you can learn the proper way to supplement. The good news is that your daughter will probably grow out of her intolerance by the age of 2 (if its an allergy). Try adding dairy in, like yogurt and cheese and see how she reacts to it. If she's fine (no vomitting, diarrhea, puffy face) then you could try the real deal in a few months.

I put my son on rice milk after I stopped breastfeeding at about 10 mo. just for the fact I feel it is better for him than cows milk then when he turned about one for extra fat I started doing half rice milk and half coconut milk I also give him a bottle a day of whey protein to make sure he is getting the protein he needs.

Hi A.,

I highly recommend going to goat's milk. It is closer to mother's milk than cow's milk and is easier to digest. Almond milk may be another good one to try.

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Hello A.,
I recommend that you either give your baby raw goats milk, which is the most like mother's milk, or that you supplement the rice milk to make it more nutritional.
To one bottle of rice milk I would add:

*1 capsule of EFA (Essential Fatty Acid)--This nutrient is found in fish, flax, evening primrose oils. A food, high quality EFA supplement if from the brand Flora, called Udo's Oil.
*A dose of Flora brand children's multivitamin (divide the dose into however many bottles he will be drinking per day)
*A dose of Dr. Christopher brand Kid-E-Mins, also divided into doses dependent on the number of bottles per day(the former is an excellent source of vitamins and the latter is an excellent source of minerals--they are both in liquid form)
*about 1/2 teaspoon protein powder
*about a pinch of acidophilus/probiotic powder.

Good luck with it,
R. Jolley,CPM

Hi A.,
My 13 month old son can't have cow's or soy milk either. Once I stopped nursing at 11 months, I put him on goat's milk. He likes the taste and will drink it (which is good because he's really picky) and it doesn't hurt his tummy/intestines. The proteins in goat's milk are a lot easier to digest than in cow's milk and they both have very similar nutrient content. Plus you can get it as whole milk which is good for his brain development, etc. I did a bunch of online research before deciding to use it and found that this is what a lot of parents do whose babies won't tolerate dairy or soy. In fact, my sister has friends who have been giving it to their baby since 6 weeks old. So I would recommend doing your own research about goat's milk and hopefully it will work for your daughter as well. I would be very cautious about using rice milk as even on the container it says to not use as a formula and to consult a doctor for use in kids under 5. Good luck!

I have two children that could not tolerate soy milk or cows milk. We went old school and put them on goats milk. Not another problem. With the first child we actually bought fresh goats milk from a local dairy. With the second child I found it in the grocery store. It's canned and half and half just like regular fomula. In our grocery store it is by the powdered milk section. Maybe this will give you another option.

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