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My 11.5 month old son is allergic to dairy and I'd like to get some advice on feeding him when I go back to work next week.<br><br>
I had been pumping (and pumping, and pumping), but the freezer where the milk was stored turned out to be unreliable, and I lost about 360 oz of milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> So now I've been pumping like mad for the last couple of weeks, but there's no way I'm going to be able to build up that kind of store again.<br><br>
I know that he should be getting about 20 oz of milk a day. He'll get a morning feed, and an afternoon feed when I pick him up from my mom's place, and then a nurse-to-sleep, so that's probably 12-15 oz total. He's been night-weaned for about two weeks now, but I'm wondering if I should go back to feeding him through the night in order to get enough milk into him.<br><br>
He's not allergic to soy milk, but I'm worried about him getting too much soy. Is one bottle a day of soy milk or soy formula too much if I run out of breast milk?<br><br>
I've also looked at the fortified rice milk, and it seems to me that if I add some flax seed oil to it, it'll come up to about the same vitamins/minerals and fat content as cow's milk. Or can I just feed him some cod liver oil, and that'll give him the extra fat that he wouldn't get out of the rice milk? (Can they have cod liver oil at 12 months?)<br><br>
Do you have any other tips or bits of advice for dealing with a dairy allergy?<br><br>
I figure I'll try him on some dairy again at 18 months, and see if he's still allergic to it then. (His allergy seems to be getting milder -- I gave him a spoonful of yogurt at 7 months and he had a huge reaction -- sneezing and red puffy face. He had a milder reaction to yogurt at 9 months. Then I tried a spoonful of goat's milk last week, and he just had red spots under his skin, but there was no sneezing.)
 

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Are you off dairy as well?<br><br>
One bottle of soy shouldn't hurt, although adding flax to the rice milk is a good idea too. I'd avoid the cod liver oil since it's fish based (isn't it?).<br><br>
DS and I are both dairy-free, so if you have any other wuestions, feel free to ask. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm not off dairy, but the amount of dairy I'm eating is tiny -- a splash of milk in my morning tea, and a sprinkle of cheese on my weekly pasta, and it doesn't seem to affect him at all.<br><br>
The cod liver oil is fish-based, but we're not vegan, so I'd be willing to try it if it's safe for babies. I looked at it in the store today -- it's basically vitamins A and D, and fat. And of course, it's the good omega-3 fats in the oil.<br><br>
I just found another MDC discussion on cod liver oil at <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=1460775#post1460775" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...75#post1460775</a>
 

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WOW, I am so sorry!! What a loss, as a mom who only pumped for my first son I just could not even comprhend that loss((((hugs))))))<br>
CAn you pump at work? while you are away, you'll be able to pump, at least a bottle. I had my son on soya, but it turned out he was MORE alergic to the soua milk, than cow's milk!!<br>
I hope you can work it out<br>
Oh, when I went back to school at 4 months PP with dd SHE decided it was great fun to wake up every 2 hours to nurse all night, and shge woun't take a bottle from gramma, She would wait for mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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If alllergies of any kind are a concern, I'd personally avoid fish for awhile too. My vote is for the rice/flax combo if you can't get enough ebm.
 

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I'm going to try pumping at work, and we'll see how that goes. I'm taking Wednesdays off, so I'll have a mid-week break to give him all the boob-juice he wants, and hopefully keep my supply up, as well.<br><br>
Thanks for the advice so far!
 
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