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This is kind of a twisty, rambling post, but stick with me...<br><br>
Both my children DS--nearly 4, DD--2, refuse to drink cow's milk. It's always been this way. My pediatrician said follow their lead and supplement with calcium chews every other day. I'm not convinced it's a lactose-intolerance thing with them because they like to eat yogurt and ice cream. But, I'm actually okay with (maybe even glad?) they don't want to drink cow's milk. Though I still get concerned about their calcium intake as they both HATE nearly all veggies.<br><br>
Years ago (after my diagnosis with Crohn's Disease) I stopped drinking milk (I really never liked it anyway) because I was reading a lot about MAP (bacteria in cow's milk). Needless to say, I haven't kept up with the research and <b><span>I am sort of lost to where to even start researching again.</span></b> I am continually defending this choice to people who question why I don't give my kids milk (like my MOM!) and I feel like I really don't have data to support my choice (other than it makes my kids sick--which yes, should be reason enough) but...<br><br>
Thanks in advance for any direction you can point me.
 

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Start here:<br><a href="http://www.foodintol.com/dairy.asp" target="_blank">http://www.foodintol.com/dairy.asp</a><br><a href="http://www.notmilk.com/" target="_blank">http://www.notmilk.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.milkmyths.org.uk/health/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.milkmyths.org.uk/health/index.php</a><br><br><br>
that should get you going.
 

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I don't see anything wrong with not giving milk to your kids. It is a quick source of calcium but if your kids don't like it why give it? There are other sources of calcium. Do they like soy milk or rice milk?
 

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There's nothing wrong with not drinking milk, and there are lots of other ways to get calcium. I don't think that soy milk or rice milk are good alternatives, though. You can do some research on that, but whether or not soy milk is good for you is a pretty controversial topic, with a lot of people saying it isn't.
 

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I'm not sure I agree with the advice to give calcium chews- I assume these chews contain calcium without being balanced by magnesium, vitamin D, or any other co-factors that occur in natural sources of calcium?<br><br>
To the naysayers, I'd keep it quick and simple: "The dr said not to give them milk because it makes them sick."<br><br>
For calcium intake, I'd try other sources of milk (can they tolerate goat milk?) or other dairy products (yogurt, cheese, etc) or bone broth.
 

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As for excellent whole food sources of Calcium here a some:<br><br>
Seseme seeds (one of the best sources on Earth)<br>
Amaranth<br>
Lambsquarter<br>
Grape Leaves<br>
Winged Bean leaves<br>
Mustard Spinach<br>
Kale<br>
Spinach<br>
Collards<br>
Turnip greens<br>
Dandelion greens<br>
Garlic<br>
Parsley<br>
Watercress<br>
Beet greens<br>
Rhubarb<br>
Figs<br>
Carob<br>
Kidney beans (actually most beans)<br><br><br>
They all go great in green smoothies but can go in soups, stir frys, casseroles etc...
 
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