Milk and Soy Protein Free Diet - Need Help!

Updated on June 23, 2012
A.D. asks from New York, NY
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Hi mamas, just got back from the GI specialist and my son has a milk and soy protein allergy. She gave me a very small list of what I can eat and advised me to see a nutritionist but I can't get in for another 3 weeks. I am sure you great mamas have some good resources for me? I know that soy is in a lot of things so want to be careful and get started right away since my little guy has been so miserable. It is good to at least to know what is causing it...

Any good websites you can recommend to help me with this diet?

Did your child have this allergy and did they outgrow it? Were you able to handle the restrictive diet?

Thanks in advance!

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So What Happened?

ETA - my son is two months old and I am breastfeeding. The diet would be for me so as to not pass these things to him through breast milk.


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answers from Dallas on

for milk try rice or almond milk you can cook with them and drink them. My kids can't have raw dairy because of the milk proteins. Sorry I can't help a lot with the diet cause they can have soy.

Good luck and God Bless!

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answers from Portland on

I had one baby who was allergic to milk, and on who is allergic to milk and soy. We used the Alimentum formula from Similac because it was just too hard on them to breastfeed. Also, I didn't make enough milk so I had to supplement. Both of my kiddos could tolerate the small amounts in processed foods as long as it was cooked and not raw.

Once we switched to milk, we use goat milk so that it will easier on their tummies. Maybe try goat milk stuff: milk, yogurt, cheese, etc. It tastes terrible, but kiddos like it. And you can get some relatively inexpensive stuff at Grocery Outlet and Trader Joes. I don't know about the soy, we just stay away from things that are made out of it as a main ingrediant and we seem to do ok.

I hope you can find something that works for you. Its a hard place to be! Good Luck!

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answers from Appleton on

My granddaughter is on a dairy free diet. It's not as easy as it should be. There is dairy in soooooo many things. So read labels before you buy anything. Even most maragines have milk in them, my daughter found one that did not. So read labels.

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answers from Missoula on

Have you looked into Almond milk? I have never tried it, but I've heard good things about it. :)

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answers from Los Angeles on

Can you clarify - are you looking for foods to feed your son, or are you nursing and you need to alter your own diet? Not quite sure what you need to do.

In any case, all fruits and veggies should be safe. All fresh meat should also be safe, so that will get protein into your diet. Read the labels of any processed/packaged meats very carefully, as nonfat dried milk is often used as a preservative.

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answers from Eugene on

I'm allergic to soy and have daughters who are allergic to wheat, milk, nuts and fish. We cook from scratch. Packaged and processed foods almost always have something we can't eat. The hardest part was learning to read labels because there are many names for milk, soy and wheat ingredients.

The only allergy my one daughter outgrew was to eggs. She and I have since become allergic to one or more new foods.

FAAN, the food allergy network was helpful to me in identifying allergenic ingredients, finding recipes and getting things like allergy bracelets and allergy info cards in other languages when we travelled.

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answers from New York on

Have you contacted an IBCLC? A good Lactation Consultant can help you eat right while breastfeeding an allergic baby. Switching to formula might reveal even more allergies!

If your son is allergic to milk and soy, why would that restrict your diet beyond dairy and soy?

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