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Hi All,<br><br>
I have a two week old and for various reasons, her ped recommended I try cutting out dairy. My diet consists of about 75% dairy right now...lol. Tons and tons and tons. I am going to the store in a bit and have no freaking idea what to even buy! Do they make "dairy free" items (like butter and such?)<br><br>
Any tips to going dairy free? Concerned I may starve to death. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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If you PM me your email address, I can send you some info that my lactation consultant sent me. I've been doing this for the last two weeks and it is tough. I've just eliminated a lot of stuff, rather than replacing things (butter for example). I have been using rice milk (vanilla flavored) in cereal and my decaf coffee. I am not too interested in replacing with a lot of soy. I have read that many babies who don't do well with cows milk also have problems with soy. Also, I'm just not comfortable with eating a great amount of soy with the verdict out on if it's good or not. Anyway, the info I have offers some suggestions and brands to look for.
 

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Try the allergy board. I'm not dairy free but several moms and kids over there are!
 

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I have been dairy free with my DS for the past 5 months. I think the simplest thing to try at first is to think in terms of buying/preparing whole foods instead of packaged mixes and snacks (which about 98% have dairy in!). Think meats, vegetables, nuts, etc. Pasta, bread, and crackers are usually fine (but read ingredients anyway to make sure).<br><br>
I use almond milk on my cereal (I have also used rice milk in the past).<br><br>
For butter, the Organic Smart Balance margarine is dairy free (only the organic version)<br><br>
As PP said I'm sure people over in the allergy board can give you lots more tips and help too. It's pretty overwhelming to start with but try not to think of what you can't have. It's helped me to think "Ok, what can I buy to eat for snacks?" (Nuts, crackers, chips/salsa) Meals? Chili, pasta/marinara sauce & garlic bread made with olive oil, beef or chicken stew, burritos or tacos without cheese/ sour cream, big salads with really good vinagrette dressing. Sweet things? gingersnap or oatmeal cookies (made with dairy free margarine or canola oil instead of butter).<br><br>
And don't forget good quality dark chocolate! (which is available without dairy...but read ingredients to make sure)<br><br>
Oh, and I did lose weight steadily I think because I had less things to eat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: but I am not starving!
 

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I cut out dairy for my DD. I eat mostly whole foods so it wasn't too hard (except that I love dairy). You still might consider butter, but get an organic cultured butter because it is far easier to digest. Eat fruits and veggies with nut butters or make oil/vinegar dips. Try different grains like quinoa, rice, millet. It gets easier once you get the hang of it.
 

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I'm lactose intolerant.<br>
Fleischmann's (sp?) margarine doesn't have whey. Most other margarines do. I switched from cold cereal with milk to oatmeal, which was my biggest source of dairy. The hardest for me is going without cheese.
 

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Ds was dairy free for a year or so until he outgrew it...it wasn't too bad. There are lots of substitutes these days! the main ones that come to mind are Earth Balance instead of butter, almond milk instead of dairy milk (I chose that one because it has the highest level of calcium), almond cheese for making grilled cheese sandwiches (it's really not bad), and lastly, there is a substitute cream cheese whose name is escaping me at the moment that we used a lot of for bagels.<br><br>
I know you said you were trying to avoid soy, but they do make a nice soy creamer that is nice and thick! Ds did like soy yogurt too, but there is also goat milk yogurt...I don't know if you want to go there or not.
 

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I've been vegan for over 15 years. Here are our faves:<br>
- Earth Balance buttery spread<br>
- Westsoy enriched rice milk<br>
- Almond Breeze enriched chocolate almond milk<br>
- Living Harvest hemp milk (for smoothies)<br>
- Veganrella "cheese" (soy free)<br>
- WholeSoy soy yogurt<br><br>
Some other treats we sometimes get, though they contain soy:<br>
- soy ice creams: Double Rainbow, Purely Decadent, Soy Delicious<br>
- Tofutti Sour Supreme<br>
- Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese<br>
- Tofutti Pizza Pizzaz<br>
- Vegan Gourmet Follow Your Heart cheeses<br>
- Soyatoo Soywhip (whipped creme, store it upside down for best results)<br>
- Soymage vegan parmesan alternative
 
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