Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO
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ITA with the above posters about maybe taking a break from grains. When we went gluten free, it made a big difference, but when we went grain free altogether, it was amazing. Two years later, I can tolerate small amounts of gf grains, but still no gluten of any kind--and we've been doing alot of gut healing work during that time.
I'm also really against the soy milk. Between the phytic acid (which inhibits mineral absorbption in the gut), the phytoestrogens (which act like estrogen in the system), and all the other crap that goes into the "milk," I think it's pretty toxic. Unfortified rice milk has fewer drawbacks from that perspective, but it's nutritionally devoid of anything useful to the human body, so why drink it?
There really isn't any reason to have to drink milk if your dd doesn't handle it well. Bone broths and good quality foods can help bridge that gap. We are dairy free due to dd's and my intolerances and I concentrate on getting all of the nutrients you get from milk from other sources--minerals from bone broths, ConcenTrace, vegetables; vitamins A and D from CLO; fats from good quality meat and eggs; cholestrol from liver and good quality egg yolks. There's a recipie for dairy free infant formula in NT that includes many things that you may want to include in your dd's diet in lieu of milk. We went dairy free a few months before dd turned 2 and if she had to drink something from a sippy cup (I had milk supply issues and was dry at the breast by that point), it was chicken or turkey bone broth.
When I have to do an alternative milk, I use hemp milk and/or make my own from soaked almonds, hemp nuts, or sunflower seeds, sometimes even soaked oats. Soak nut or seed or grain of your choice, rinse, add to blender with filtered water, blend, strain. This is not TF friendly, but I keep rice milk on hand for the occasional times when I cook something that needs a milk substitute--though I recognize that the refined sugar added to it is detrimental to us and we're much better off if I make alternative milk myself and add whole food sweetner (bananas, honey, maple syurp, blackstrap molasses).