Nope, I haven’t started thinking about Christmas shopping. Yet. 😉
I don’t know the statistics on babies with milk “sensitivities,” but as I find products that won’t cause an allergic reaction, I’ll post them here in case anyone is looking. Here’s what I have so far:
Soy formula – If you’re using formula, you can either look for lactose-free or soy. Some websites state that lactose-free is not enough for milk allergies because it still contains milk itself, but is partially broken down for easier digestion. I suppose parents will face the decision of trying lactose-free first or just skipping to soy if they are convinced that milk is the problem. Doctors usually recommend that as little change as possible should be made in brand and type of formula, so the severity of the baby’s symptoms should probably be the parents’ guide for this dilemma.
Most formulas (or is it formulae?) are designed to be used only until the one-year mark, when babies can digest cow’s milk. There may be a soy formula that can be used beyond this age, but my plan so far is to switch to one of the brands of soy milk available for adults. I’ll definitely research prior to this point. Also, not all babies will become adults who can’t drink cow’s milk, so there will be a point where we attempt to introduce that into our child’s diet.
Sidenote: I can’t comment personally on eliminating dairy while continuing to breastfeed, but I would assume that the woman should be careful not to lose all calcium intake. As always, do your research before making changes – many women online will share their experiences to help others, and being informed when you meet with your doctor should make the visit more effective.
Cream of Wheat – Untested at this point, though I should have an answer soon. The ingredients on the label don’t mention milk products, so this should be a safe alternative to baby cereals, which are either made with milk powder or contain traces of milk due to the processing equipment.
Arrowroot biscuits – Some baby biscuits contain milk ingredients, so read labels carefully. Arrowroot appears to be milk-free.
Remember that the current warning is that so-called “teething biscuits” could break off in pieces too large for a baby, so supervision is required. What I’ve seen with Arrowroot is that sucking on the biscuit gradually “melts” it away. Still, there is advice on the label about supervision, just in case.
And that’s all I have so far!