Does whole cow's milk cause congestion, sniffles? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 8 Old 10-31-2005, 10:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
CarrieK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 159
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DS is 14 months old and loves milk! He drinks breastmilk in the morning and night only (please don't flame me on my breastfeeding frequency - it works for me physically and psychologically - plus, DS mostly rejects the breast during the day as I do offer at times), and can drink organic whole milk and/or toddler formula from a bottle or sippy cup. Most of the time he drinks whole milk during the day for cost reasons. He's gotta be drinking at least 24-30 oz a day of breastmilk and whole milk/formula. My issue is, DS has been phlemy, congested for almost 1 month and the only thing I can think of as the cause is the whole milk. Sometimes, he'll cough in his sleep and he's never done this before we introduced whole milk at 12 months. DS does not like juice, only milk and sometimes water, which he'll only take a few sips of with solid food. I'm happy that DS likes milk so much and not too picky about what kind of milk! Has anyone else experienced this? Should I try a "different" milk to reduce all the snorkeling?

thank you for your advice!
CarrieK is offline  
#2 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 12:30 AM
 
Delight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Mountains of Montana
Posts: 893
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hmmmm....yes, I would say that could be it. Milk is one of the most phlem causing things you put in your body. That's why singers NEVER drink milk before singing! I notice a huge change in my throat/congestion when I have any dairy, but especially milk. Here is a great article telling about milk causing phlegm... http://www.newstarget.com/002707.html

He recommends going off of dairy for 7 days and seeing the difference. That's what I would say....just go off it for a week and see if the coughing stops.

Good luck!

Sara ::: Mama to Bella Grace & Lucy Mae Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. 1 Peter 3:4
Delight is offline  
#3 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 02:19 AM
 
HerthElde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Mother Earth
Posts: 3,086
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I personally get very congested on dairy if the cows are grain-fed, but not on raw milk from pastured cows. Most dairy products come from grain-fed cows, and it's not a natural diet for cows. Plus, I'm sensitive to grains, so I think that for me that has a lot to do with it.
HerthElde is offline  
#4 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 10:04 AM
 
tboroson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Honalee
Posts: 6,335
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Milk is definately phlem causing. I find that pastured, raw milk is a bit less so, but it still causes some. I think that goat's milk is somewhat less phlem-causing, though I've never switched 100% to goat's milk so I can't tell you anecdotally to what degree. All I know is when I switch just my milk to goat's milk (not cheeses and other dairy products,) the nighttime pressure in my ears diminishes.
tboroson is offline  
#5 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 10:07 AM
 
tboroson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Honalee
Posts: 6,335
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Forgot a point - switching from milk to more formula won't neccisarily help. I believe even soy formula has dairy components. Unless you can afford hyperallergenic formulas, anyway.

For that matter, dairy formulas contain soy ingredients, too. Severe congestion could be a reaction to componants of the formula, not neccisarily the milk.
tboroson is offline  
#6 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 11:31 AM
 
fuzzypeach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: over in the meadow
Posts: 1,282
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yep, when I was little, drinking milk caused bad UTIs and for even longer, it made me (and my brother) super stuffy and phleghmy.
fuzzypeach is offline  
#7 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 05:27 PM
 
sanguine_speed's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 3,634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We stopped drinking milk months ago and our health has improved considerably. Sadly, when I was younger, I had my adeniods removed because no one thought to suggest removing milk from my diet : . It is definitely related to congestion.
People think it is heathenous that my children do not drink milk.

4 kids under 10
sanguine_speed is offline  
#8 of 8 Old 11-01-2005, 07:18 PM
 
mykidsmom3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 180
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 2.5 year old dd gets runny nose, cough and congestion with ANY dairy....she drinks rice milk
mykidsmom3 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off