Milk Allergy - Oak Forest,IL

Updated on December 04, 2014
S.G. asks from Oak Forest, IL
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My son has a severe milk allergy. He is currently 10 months old on Elecare. What kind of "milk" do I give him when he turns 1? Also, what about his birthday cake :(

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answers from Chicago on

My soon has milk allergies as well and we have put him on soy milk - he loves it. I have also tried the lactose-free milk which works fine as well, though he doesn't seem to like the taste as much. Go to or for help with finding cake (and many other) recipes. Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

My son also was allergic to milk and eggs until he was 2. i gave him soy milk. he did not like rice. WHole foods and Trader Joes have tons of stuff that is free of milk and eggs. We also got his cake from the city diner. they made him a special little cake to smash.

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answers from Atlanta on

Hi S.,

I would avoid soy as the jury is still out on whether it is good for a little one or not. Goat's milk is great. If he doesn't like the taste, almond milk or hemp milk are good alternatives. You should be able to find one of those that he likes... Rice milk is okay but it has less nutrition and more sugar.


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answers from Chicago on

I love rice milk...never heard of hemp milk before like another poster had put down so I will have to try that. Iam not allergice to milk, but I have to be on alot of meds due to 2 illnesses and milk makes my stomach upset, so I will also have to try those....but again rice milk is alittle bit sweeter in taste.



answers from Bloomington on

My daughter went through this too. Most babies do grow out of it and she did right after her 1st birthday. Not before we had to make the cake though and we made it with Fleischmann's Unsalted stick margarine (Note: The salted and the tub varieties do contain dairy). We frosted it with a soy cream cheese frosting and no-one would have known it was a non-dairy cake. As far as the milk, I just kept nursing until she was over it, but if your little guy takes much more than a year I would ask your pediatrician for recommendations. You don't want to give a child too much soy - especially a boy. Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

there are plenty of dairy free options! he doesnt ned cows milk, no one does! but if you want "milk" for cereal smoothies, etc. almond, rice, and hemp milk are great options! dont rely too much on soy. It is a highly sprayed crop and too much soy is actually bad for your health. I have recently realized I am dairy intolerant and though it can be hard when you go to events and cant have ice cream and such had I never had any it wouldnt be a big deal. It is amazing how many restaurants are accomodating. Make a trip to whole foods for some dairy free cake and frosting mixes! I made my daughters cake wheat and dairy freee and it was delicious!



answers from Chicago on

My son had a milk allergy until he was 3. We are 6 weeks away from 4 and still good to go! He couldn't tolerate Soy milk so I gave him Rice milk but I kept track of his protein in take because Rice milk doesn't have as much protein. I used to buy the rice milk at Trader Joe's because their brand is significantly cheaper. You can buy soy butter at Whole Foods and maybe TJ's but I can't remember. When I baked for him I did everything from scratch so I could substitue out milk for rice and soy butter for milk butter. The last thanksgiving of his allergy our entire family came and I cooked everything substituting out soy butter for regular, milk for rice milk. No one even noticed. Whole foods has a ton of options with no dairy, vegan cheese, Rice Milk ice cream, cake mixes, frosting etc. There is a line of products for kids called Ian's brand that is organic and some with no dairy. Super Target carries some of the products in the freezer section. Vitalicious muffins many of them don't have dairy. It's a healthy option for me following Weight Watchers as well as my son's allergy issue. I used to go to 3 or 4 different stores to do my grocery shopping and I read EVERY LABEL. Manufacturers change the ingredients on products with NO warning. One year out and it's a huge relief that it's all over but I can completely sympathize with anyone going through this. My son still won't eat regular Ice Cream or pizza. It got harder as he got older because he knew that he was eating something different from the other kids at his school. The teachers at his school was super helpful and awesome about everything. Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

Hey there,
Don't fret, alot of kids are allergic to cows milk these days. My son was and we use rice milk and almond milk. My doc. said that oj +calcium has just as much calcium as the milk so don't worry about cal intake.
Also, if you're interested- cows milk is very difficult for our bodies to digest. I think goats milk is the easiest. You might try that, my son drank that and was ok with it. Though if your child is allergic to milk proteins, then I would recommend plain, original rice milk and/or plain, unsugared almond milk. They are both pretty yummy once you get used to them. I hope that helps!



answers from Grand Junction on

I am nursing and my husband was alergic to milk and soy as a baby so I cut it out of my diet. I love coconut milk yougurt. I am sure u can used coconut mild for anything. ( I get it at the health food store.)



answers from Chicago on

Hi my son has been allergic to milk and soy, he has been on neocate since he was a baby and after he turned 1 his allergist suggested we try boiling the milk for 3 min while stirring(this part important as you can ruin your pan). The boiling breaks down the proteins and sometimes allergic kids are able to drink it, unfortunately my son was not one of them. You can try boiling the milk/soy and give him a small amt to see if he reacts. I kept my son on Neocate Jr. till he was 2-1/2 then we tried boiling soy milk and very happy to say he is able to tolerate this, I do use rice milk as well for cereals and such. My son just turned 3 and I will try boling regular milk in a few months again. Good luck.



answers from Dallas on

Milk allergy is actually the most common allergy. If you want a white liquid hemp milk, almond milk, rice milk and darifree(potato milk) are alternatives. I'd stay away from soy milk. But the best is probably purified water.



answers from San Diego on

"Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance." Isaiah 55:1-2

Hello S.,

While you have not shared your definition of milk here, a lot of parents in the U.S. give their children pasteurized cow's milk. If this is the case, his allergies make since, as this product affects many of us in some way or another. In fact, researchers tell us that a calf could not survive 8 weeks on the same stuff that is piled into grocery stores at very economic prices. Sites like take these findings to another level, reminding us how far we've deteriorated from the simplicity of our third world cousins around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranked the U.S. somewhere around the 40th among health nations the last time I looked. This means were were solidly among the most poverty stricken on earth in terms of real health.

I drank raw goat's milk while I was nursing my daughter and found it to be a wonderful way of giving her antibiotics, enzymes, fats and a host of nutrients that haven't been discovered yet. The most fun for me was using my goat's milk rich breastmilk to heel my nipples when I started nursing. They got soooo sore, and my milk worked like a laser beam healing balm on anything that needed it.

The final confirmation for me was when she went to her acupuncturist, and
when she was examined he commented on how solid her calcium levels were. No supplements required.

Believe well!

A. Z.
Coming soon!



answers from Champaign on

You would be surprised to see how many boxed cake mixes contain no milk or milk products. My little girl also has a milk allergy & she is 2 1/2 yr & drinks "8th Continent" or "Silk" soy milk... A really good dairy free cook book is called "The Milk-Free Kitchen" by Beth Kidder. It has 450 recipes for almost anything you can think of. Good luck!! =]



answers from Indianapolis on

This is a question best posed to your pediatrician. Only they can tell you what the current scientific research is regarding soy vs. rice vs. almond, etc.

Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics has to say about milk allergies:

Milk in a cake is different than drinking a glass of milk - the cooking process changes the lactose and other proteins. I don't have a child with milk allergies, but I'd see if any other moms have had to alter how they bake because of this allergy.



answers from Chicago on

bleeding heart bakery makes GREAT cakes and they have vegan, Swirlz and most of the cupcake places make vegan cupcakes, Whole Foods, Fruitful Yield, and main line stores such as Jewel and Meijers carry vegan/gluten/soy/dairy free cake mixes.

a good website to chk out is :

Really, think of it this way mommies, Cow Milk is for baby cows. Not humans. Humans are the only ones who drink another mammals milk product on a regular basis. our bodies are only meant to digest milk until weaning, after the age of 2 our bodies no longer product the enzyme, lactase, to digest the molecules that make up milk. Goat milk is easier on digestion as they molecules are so miniscule compared to cow milk. Anyhow, there are so MANY delicious healthier replacements for dairy. Watch out for Casein though, a component in some dairy free cheese and other products which can also be an allergen especially in small children. Earth Balance makes an excellent soy free, dairy free spread, which tastes just like butter and is what Swirlz Cupcakes bakery uses to make their frosting for their Vegan cupcakes.

Alternatives to milk for drinking are soy, rice, oat milk, hemp milk, coconut milk (made by Turtle Mountain/So Delicious brand--not in a can, it's in the refrigerator section of most Jewel stores and Whole Foods), vanilla almond milk is my favorite for smoothies and cereal, I get the unsweetened kind. There are tons of options, just need to shop different. Meijer's has a great gluten/allergy free section and Enjoy Life brands are local to our area and have tons of allergy free products. They now own Ian's, who makes frozen chicken fingers, etc which are also gluten/dairy/soy etc free. You just have to read labels. one of the major cake mix companies also makes an allergy free cake mix, and so does Cherrybrook Valley or something like that. Meijer's carries both. Good luck, send me a message if you have any questions I can answer, I've been doing this for years as my husband has many food allergies and intolerances (not the same thing, but similar)



answers from Chicago on

My 10 year old has been allergic to milk since he was 4 months old. He also is allergic to soy, so we had him on Nutramigen and just kept him on bottles until he was two. (I know it's weird that we were still giving him bottles at the age of 2, but when you're paying for Nutramigen, you don't want to waste a single drop! He had plenty of practice drinking water and juice out of a sippy cup, so it was not a problem.) At age 2 we tried giving him fortified rice milk, which he ended up not liking, so we settled on orange juice with calcium. Our doctor told us to make sure he has at least two glasses a day, and to give him a calcium vitamin as well.

As far as birthday cakes go, my son's first cake was Rice Krispies treats made with Fleischmann's Unsalted margarine which is dairy free. Since then, I've figured out that some of the devil's food cake mixes and chocolate frostings, like Pillsbury, don't contain milk, so I can make that for his birthday. My son is also allergic to egg so we use a can of pumpkin instead of adding the eggs to the mix. If you can't find a dairy free cake mix at your store, check out the Enjoy Life website. They have yellow and chocolate cake mixes as well as a really good brownie mix that are dairy free, peanut and egg free. My Jewel carries it, but if you can't find it at your store, check out and you can order them. (You'll need 2 boxes to make either a layer cake or 13x9x2 cake. You'll also need a dairy free margarine like Fleischmann's Unsalted to make the Enjoy Life cake mix.) If you prefer not to have to make the cake yourself, Whole Foods makes a small chocolate Vegan cake which is absolutely delicious, but on the expensive side. It would be cute for a "smash cake" for your son's birthday though.



answers from Johnson City on

We found out about our son's allergy when he was 8 months old, and he's almost 3 years old now. I don't know if your child still has milk allergy, but I know it can be very limiting. Our son has an allergy to casein specifically, and he can tolerate at least some amounts of whey.

Here are some of his favorite foods:
--Eggo mini waffles and french toast sticks (only have whey in them)
--unfrosted Pop Tarts
--Earth's Best mini meatballs
--chicken nuggets (Earth's Best, Banquet, Perdue Simply Smart, Great Value, etc. (check labels for other brands))
--kidney beans (yep, plain kidney beans)
--honey-roasted peanuts
--vanilla wafers
--fish sticks (check ingredients)
--Nature's Bakery fig bars (best value is at Sam's Club)
--Annie's graham bunnies
--fruit snacks (I usually buy Mott's Medley's (made with fruit and veggie juice))
--graham crackers
--Lance whole grain cracker and peanut butter sandwiches
--different kinds of crackers
--Veggie Sticks (the crunchy kind you can find near chips at Walmart, local grocery stores, at Sam's Club, etc.)
--Great Value honey buns (just the glazed ones)
--cereal (usually give him off-brand cheerios)
--yogurt (Silk yogurt and So Delicious yogurt)
--fruit (grapes and clementines especially)

I haven't bought any for him yet, but Oreos are all milk-free.

If you're struggling with veggies, try fruit and veggie smoothies (banana, frozen fruit, spinach, a spoonful of orange juice concentrate, and a nut-based milk (or rice milk))

Duncan Hines is great for milk-free boxed desserts.



answers from Odessa on

there are several alternate means for people with milk allergies. i use rice milk and its tasty almost taste like 2% milk. my husband cant tell a difference. also any organic whole foods stores in your area should be able to help you with the cake issue. you can always substute your milk in baking for soy. works great and gives the cake a silky taste.



answers from Chicago on

ask your Dr. if Goats milk is ok... that is the only cow milk alternative my son will drink. I have tried coconut milk & it tastes really good. I think you can get it now at some jewel & dominicks in milk section ( or else fruitful yield has it too & whole foods, i think). He will drink that on occassion (i prefer the original formula, not unsweetened , not vanilla)



answers from Chicago on

You can do soy milk, rice milk, almond milk (if you don't have a history of nut allergies in your family), or hemp milk. And you can substitute any of these for cow's milk in any birthday cake recipe. If you're looking to buy a cake, check out Chicago Diner's Vegan Bakery -- -- or check out for some great non-dairy desserts from some of my favorite chefs (Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Romero).

I also recommend So Delicious coconut yogurt, etc.




answers from Detroit on

My son (now 16-months) has a moderate milk allergy, so I sympathize. We've been feeding rice milk, per pediatrician suggestion since he turned one. We buy a brand called "Rice Dream" in our grocery store next to the soy milks, both in the refrigerated and non-refrigerated sections. This IS fortified, so it contains the same nutrients that he'd get from milk, minus the proteins. You'd need to ensure that he's eating lots of proteins (lean meats, beans, eggs, peanut butter (our son was tested egg and PB allergies at the same time as the milk blood test, but hold off if yours hasn't). GREAT resources: (a list of all ingredients to avoid when there is a milk allergy, and this website has a lot of information), (another site with lots of info and some recipes)
As for the cake: any organic food store should be able to accommodate you, or you can make the egg and dairy-free "crazy cake", which we did (you can google it or use this recipe Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

You can try soy or rice or almond or hemp. Soy and almond have the most good fats in them. My dd (almost 3) has been anaphylactic to dairy since birth. A GREAT group is [email protected], check out for info and recipes. Send me a private message if you want a SUPER EASY, quick b-day cake that is dairy free and just as easy as a box mix to make. Good luck to you! J.

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