Originally Posted by cristeen
Yes, he reacted to raw cow's milk. He was up that entire night screaming from what I presumed to be stomach cramps. The first time he reacted to milk was actually (homemade) tapioca pudding that I shared with him. He can tolerate butter, cream and fermented milk (yogurt), and small amounts of cheese (I limit him to 1 oz/day of mozzarella or cheddar). Any more than that and we see reactions - 2 oz of cheese caused severe constipation with screaming. The tapioca caused a burn on his butt.
Perhaps this is oversimplistic of me, or maybe there's something health-wise that I'm not aware of, but is there any reason you can't just switch him to fermented milk (yogurt or kefir - or both)? You can easily make the yogurt at home, using raw milk as the base if you wanted (raw milk is only available directly from the farm in my area, so I know exactly what's in the milk & that it wasn't homogenized or (ultra)pasturized prior to getting it); homemade yogurt is often "runnier" than store-bought & can easily be mixed with a spoon to be drinkable consistency. Or you could make kefir, or make both & mix them. Perhaps an adaptation of one of the homemade formulas from WAPF (using fermented milk instead of raw) if you're concerned about the other "good stuff" that he would otherwise be getting from BM/formula? Maybe the probiotics from using yogurt and/or kefir would also help his gut in general? Needless to say, you could make yogurt/kefir out of any other kind of milk as well (goat, sheep, water buffalo, even coconut), if they're tolerated better.
Is there some reason I'm missing that an older baby couldn't just switch to fermented milks? Lots of babies are switched to straight cow's milk at 1yo, even pasturized versions. I would think fermented milks would be a step up. ??
Congrats on healing butts!! Gosh, that has to be SOOOO painful, open sores in a diaper? Thank goodness it's (finally!) getting better!! :)