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I'm new to this site. I've been looking around for a place to discuss going dairy free. It's hard to do in a culture where everyone seems to think cow's milk is the only way to get calcium!<br><br>
I'm mom to a 9½ month old daughter, Stella. She's been eating homemade baby food, breastfed, and getting flaxseed meal and probiotics. Her health has been great; I've only taken her to the pediatrician for well-baby checks.<br><br>
I'd like her to continue to be so healthy, if possible. In my readings on dairy, I've come across articles that assert that milk consumption can cause all kinds of problems: "Milk and dairy products are acid-forming and mucus-producing substances that provide the ideal bodily environment for many children and adults to experience increased frequency of colds and flues." This article also states that ear infections and strep throat are more common among milk-drinkers.<br><br>
So I guess my question is if anyone else agrees? We do eat a little meat in our family, but you won't find any milk. Unfortunately, grandparents may put a lot of pressure on us to give milk or they may give her milk themselves. Has anyone else raised dairy-free kids with success?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Karmel
 

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Lots of us! Ds is one healthy little guy and the only milk he has ever had is mama's milk:) Well, ok we fell into the "milk trap" and do use subs like soy milk and rice milk, but from my reading, they're truly not necessary when people eat a varied diet of whole grains, beans, fruits and lots of veggies!!
 

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AFPA (American Fitness Professionals & Associates) had an interesting article on this topic a bit back. It isn't totally anti-dairy, but leans toward discouraging milk. At least it isn't from a site like milksucks.org :LOL , so hopefully won't be as controversial! You can find the article here:<br><a href="http://www.afpafitness.com/articles/MilkCal2.htm" target="_blank">http://www.afpafitness.com/articles/MilkCal2.htm</a><br><br>
As a vegan, I have not consumed any dairy products since I was 16 years old (I am 32 now). I haven't had my bone density checked, so I can't tell you what it is. My children (ages 6 & 4) have eaten almost no dairy except for small quantities at other people's homes or if my husband has some enormous urge to feed them something that contains a little dairy - I try to compromise a bit there as he is their parent, too. Thus far, they are very healthy little girls.<br><br>
The research that I have seen on bone density among those who do not consume dairy is contradictory. Even the same studies are cited by the national dairy council & vegetarian organizations with both sides claiming that the same study supports their view (that you do or do not have to eat dairy respectively). What seems to come through most clearly to me is that people with lower BMI (those who are thinner) tend to have lower bone mineral density. I.e. - there is a direct correlation between your body weight & your bone density. Vegetarians & vegans tend to be thinner & also tend to have slightly lower bone mineral density, however it is usually not significantly lower. Some studies have shown that vegans (who by definition do not eat dairy) start with lower bone density, but also do not lose as much bone as they get older, so wind up with no greater risk of osteoporosis (and in some studies an even lower rate).<br><br>
However, I don't know that I'd want to get chubby in order to up my bone mineral density! That seems like a more sure-fire way to do so than to eat more dairy. Of course, you then have other health issues to worry about.
 

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Just wanted to put in that I am new to being dairy-free (for the time being at least- it is sort of an experiment!), so I am very much in the learning stages of cooking w/o milk, cheese, yogurt...I sort of miss it, but have to say that I am learning lots of new recipes which is kind of fun. It will be interesting to see how it affects our health.<br>
Edited to add: Btw, I think that a person's level of physical and weight bearing activity has just as much impact on bone density as diet.
 

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I eat a vegan diet, so no milk. I am pregnant now. My kids will never get milk from me. 80 % of Africans or people of African descent are lactose intolerant. The body rejects its. Basically leading to asthma, tumors, cysts, cancer etc. Milk is not an essential. Especially for Asians and Africans who cannot tolerate it.
 

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Currently dairy free but omnivorous. A good cookbook that is dairy (as well as soy and grain free) is called the Garden of Eating Diet <a href="http://www.thegardenofeatingdiet.com" target="_blank">http://www.thegardenofeatingdiet.com</a><br><br>
You don't need dairy to raise healthy kids...plenty of traditional cultures were dairy free and perfectly healthy.<br><br>
Here is a great source of dairy free recipes:<br><a href="http://www.paleofood.com/" target="_blank">http://www.paleofood.com/</a>
 

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hi! 90% of the time I am dairy free. When I do drink milk it tends to make me eat compulsively. Very strange... but that's another post.<br><br>
Even after living this way for a while I am still winging it a bit when it comes to getting calcium. I can't take the pills (too big and yucky), and the chocolate calcium chews have dairy products in them. Though I'd rather eat a couple of those than drink four glasses of milk.
 
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