Originally Posted by BRINLOVE
Hello, my DD will be 12months in a couple of weeks and she is allergic to dairy. It started with cottage cheese (her Lactation Consultant recommended it since she had texture issues with food). Hives anywhere it touched her skin and an ER visit later ok no more cottage cheese. Few days later she ate yogurt like she always did and loved for lunch and same thing again. So we stopped giving her anything dairy for a couple months. Couple days ago I gave her a couple bites of my gilato and same thing again.
So my question is, what should I do for milk once she's 12 months? My plan was to mix BM and cows milk slowly until her system adjusts but now I'm stumped. We see her Dr. shortly after her birthday but we have different opinions on things. Wanted to ask other moms as well. Thanks
Humans do NOT need cow milk. It is only a substitute for human milk (and a very poor one at that). I generally tell my clients that it is 100% unnecessary past two years (the minimum normal age of weaning for nursing babies). For my clients who aren't nursing between ages 1 and 2, I tell them that they can use cow's milk or another human milk alternative (goat milk, soy, almond, rice, whatever) but that they don't have to so long as baby is growing well, and that they usually don't need as much as is recommended.
My suggestion would be to continue nursing until at least age two. Even if they're nursing only 2 or 3 times a day they're still getting everything they need.
Humans are not cows. So don't worry about the dairy, your baby DOES NOT need it (unless, as I said above, baby can't get human milk and signs indicate that baby does, indeed, need a human milk alternative, in which case there are other alternatives, goat milk tending to be the most ideal choice).
FWIW, if your doctor completely disagrees with this (or family, friends, etc.), do keep in mind that we have been taught our whole lives that humans need "milk" but that when you really think about it, what is wrong that we are the ONLY mammals that NEEDS another mammal's milk but we don't NEED our own milk and turn out "just fine" without our own? It wasn't until DS was almost a year and I started wondering when I should give him cow milk (even though I planned to nurse for 2+ years) that someone made that exact same point. That's when my brain slowly started gearing away from what I've been taught my entire life, and started really understanding that we're NOT baby cows but baby humans instead and that there is a HUGE difference.