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My DC is 10 months old today and has a recent confirmed dairy allergy. Did RAST testing so far and have plans to see the pediatric allergist later this month for more information, guidance, and possibly testing. He showed barely any symtoms (minimal eczema, allergic shiners, restless sleeper, runny nose) and we tested suspecting an enviromental allergy such as dog dander or pollen. Dairy was a big shock!<br><br>
He is strictly breastfed and eating some solids. I gave up dairy cold turkey about 2 months ago and it's been very hard. The joy I once had for cooking is gone- my cookbook collection seems useless.<br><br>
I'm looking for support as I try to make the decisions best for my family. Any help with understanding testing etc... would be greatly appreciated.<br><br>
Any tips on how I can enjoy some of my beloved foods like lasagna, cream sauces, caesar salad, pesto chicken, and yogurt would be appreciated. I hope to BF until the 1 year mark and will possibly wean. Not sure yet.<br><br>
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We're not dairy free but I just wanted to give you a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">. Also, look into extended nursing because it is an excellent way to make sure your allergic toddler has enough protien and vitamins! Without it my peanut, tee nut and soy free little girl would have been screwed (she just weaned, but has started to eat a lot better in the last year!)
 

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Pesto is great without the cheese. Just add a little extra salt. And try coconut-based sauces. Coconut milk comes in a can in the Asian food section. Good for you to boot!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Any tips on how I can enjoy some of my beloved foods like lasagna, cream sauces, caesar salad, pesto chicken, and yogurt would be appreciated. I hope to BF until the 1 year mark and will possibly wean. Not sure yet.<br><br>
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We just figured out that our younger son is allergic to milk. (We're going to the allergist in January for testing but his exzema completely cleared after eliminating dairy so I expect the allergist to just confirm what I already know.)<br><br>
Anyway, there are a lot of cookbooks for milk free cooking, even milk-free deserts. For yogurt, there is a soymilk yogurt out there, or you can make your own with soymilk and a yogurt maker & yogurt starter (which you can get on Amazon). (Just don't use regular milk yogurt as a starter for it.)<br><br>
Here are some suggestions:<br><br>
The Milk Free Kitchen by Beth Kidder<br>
Amazing Dairy-Free Deserts, Penny Eisenberg<br>
Dairy Free and Delicious by Joanne Stepaniak (she's famous for her "cheesy" recipes, she also has The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook.)<br><br>
I would stay away from "lactose free" cookbooks because those can sometimes have milk or cheese in the recipe (because lactose intolerant people can sometimes handle cheeses and things.)
 

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There are also recipes for yogurt made with coconut milk. Search for yogurt in Traditional Foods, lots of people over there with problems with dairy (which is funny given the equally high number of people who go to great lengths to get raw dairy).<br><br>
And <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s about having to give up a beloved food that's such a big part of your life. About 6 months ago we had to give up gluten and casein and although we're mostly adjusted now, the holidays are hard and I still find other times that are extra-challenging. One thing to consider is that perhaps your or your husband also have a problem with dairy--maybe less obvious, but this could be a positive eventually (we cut out gluten for me and my son, and saw improvements in my daughter that we weren't expecting, so I think it's a low-level problem for her and I think avoiding it is an overall good--that's where I'm coming from).<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=426040" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=426040</a><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=520082" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=520082</a><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=417857&highlight=yogurt" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...ghlight=yogurt</a><br><br>
These are the threads I've been reading. They discuss yogurt made with various nuts as well.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I don't know how RAST testing works. Does it tell you if the allergy is to whey or casein or lactose or cow milk or goat milk or what? People in my family and my husbands family tend to have major reactions to cow milk but tolerate raw goat milk just fine. Losing dairy sucks, but you can make it through. The coconut and soy suggestions are great. And you've probably heard that extended BFing improves your kid's immunity and likely the chances of outgrowing the allergies.
 

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RAST simply tests the blood for reactions to common allergens. That's about all I know now. From what I have read false positives aren't unheard of. I hope the pediatric allergist can clarify things and help determine what is going on exactly and what he else may or may not be allergic to (he broke out in hives after his last round of shots). So, until then we are delaying all vaccinations and making sure he isn't exposed to things like nuts, eggs, soy etc... just in case.
 

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You're also going through the stages of grief at the moment (giving up your beloved cookbooks sounds like depression to me: "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?" (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCbler-Ross_model" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCbler-Ross_model</a>). Just work your way through all the stages and you will come out the other side a lot stronger than when you went in.<br><br>
Also, go visit <a href="http://ourgaggleofgirls.com/recipes/" target="_blank">http://ourgaggleofgirls.com/recipes/</a> for a ton of recipes that come awfully close to your list of favourite foods.
 

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I am subbing to this thread because I almost could have written your post. I also have a 10 month old and just realized that she is allergic to cheese. She has an appointment Monday for testing but I figured that one allergen out by myself. I am in shock because cheese is a staple of my diet. She's exclusively bf'd.<br>
Does a cheese allergy neccesarily equal dairy (milk) allergy though? Sorry not hijacking but TIA for any answers to that question. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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You can be allergic to cheese but not milk, but there's a high chance of cross-contamination so I'd avoid both if she's diagnosed with either.
 

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I was also off of all dairy for a little over a year for my son. I found that instead of trying to recreate my favorite food (because soy cheese just isn't the same!), I focused on what foods I could have. Olive oil has many uses. Look into cuisines from other countries- they are usually not as dairy laden as our diets.
 

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MotherWren- perhaps she is lactose intolerant which is different than an allergy? Has she been tested? DC is allergic to the protein (casein) in dairy products. That's about all I know at this point- if it has casein, aka whey, or anything that means dairy I cannot have it at all. DC's symptoms are quite subtle to the untrained eye, but avoidance is key if there is any chance for him to outgrow the allergy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">MotherWren- perhaps she is lactose intolerant which is different than an allergy? Has she been tested? DC is allergic to the protein (casein) in dairy products. That's about all I know at this point- if it has casein, aka whey, or anything that means dairy I cannot have it at all. DC's symptoms are quite subtle to the untrained eye, but avoidance is key if there is any chance for him to outgrow the allergy.</div>
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Sorry I just noticed this. I'm not sure about the lactose intolerance. I have just noticed her having an allergic reaction to cheese (and peanutbutter...stolen from her big brother). She's supposed to get tested Monday morning (the 17th) but we are due for 25+ inches of snow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">: so unfortunately that may have to get rescheduled. It bums me out too because we have already waited a long time to get in.<br>
Anyway I seriously might have to get therapy if I have to give up dairy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sorry I just noticed this. I'm not sure about the lactose intolerance. I have just noticed her having an allergic reaction to cheese (and peanutbutter...stolen from her big brother). She's supposed to get tested Monday morning (the 17th) but we are due for 25+ inches of snow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">: so unfortunately that may have to get rescheduled. It bums me out too because we have already waited a long time to get in.<br>
Anyway I seriously might have to get therapy if I have to give up dairy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:.</div>
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That's a LOT of snow! We're just getting a sleet storm. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow too! I just wanted to say that if she's having a reaction to peanut butter, and it's regular old peanut butter, it could be soy, since everybody but Peter Pan brand uses soybean oil in it. So if she reacts negative to peanuts, then it could be soy. Since it seems like there's a big connection between milk and soy protein allergies/intolerances. I can't believe all these food allergy posts. I felt so alone for so long with my two kids not being able to have "normal" food!<br>
Kathy<br><a href="http://www.kathysrecipebox.com" target="_blank">www.kathysrecipebox.com</a> (recipes searchable by allergen)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That's a LOT of snow! We're just getting a sleet storm. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow too! I just wanted to say that if she's having a reaction to peanut butter, and it's regular old peanut butter, it could be soy, since everybody but Peter Pan brand uses soybean oil in it. So if she reacts negative to peanuts, then it could be soy. Since it seems like there's a big connection between milk and soy protein allergies/intolerances. I can't believe all these food allergy posts. I felt so alone for so long with my two kids not being able to have "normal" food!<br>
Kathy<br><a href="http://www.kathysrecipebox.com" target="_blank">www.kathysrecipebox.com</a> (recipes searchable by allergen)</div>
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Yup we live in a snowbelt and on a great lake <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. It doesn't seem to be quite as much as they were predicting but I think a lot of it is coming down as as icy mix. There <i>IS</i> a lot of allergy stuff here and I am stunned by it. I just wonder why its so prevalent now. <i>No one</i> in my family has food allergies except for my dd. She's had no vaccines, didn't start solids early, I don't keep harsh chemicals in the house etc etc... It blows my mind. It was straight peanut butter (Jif I think) so I will keep the soy possibility in mind. She definitely reacts to cheese though... its so hard for me not to eat cheese <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Thank you for that link. I will definitely check it out.
 

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Doesn't Jif have added sugar and oil? Adams is pure pb. All this said, my mom reacts to peanut butter, when it has sugar added to it. And also to milk, when it has sugar added to it. And most sugar is processed with sulfur and bleach, so... just some thoughts.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Doesn't Jif have added sugar and oil? Adams is pure pb. All this said, my mom reacts to peanut butter, when it has sugar added to it. And also to milk, when it has sugar added to it. And most sugar is processed with sulfur and bleach, so... just some thoughts.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: There's so much to this allergy stuff that I have to learn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/offtopic.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="offtopic"> Jif is crap anyway though and I think the hydrogenation process scares me even more than the sugar but of course no one eats the organic kind that I buy. Dh buys what he wants and ds will <i>only</i> eat the bad kind. I ended up giving in even though it still bugs me.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Back to the allergy thread....
 
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