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Other than raw milk because I can't get it around here, or afford it.<br><br>
I've always been intolerant of milk but lately it's gotten very noticeable and I need to cut it out of my diet. I've been using it some, not a lot, but even the little bit I am drinking it is bothering me.<br><br>
I'd like to replace it for our entire family. I think it would benefit my dd as well who has a few signs of a possible milk sensitivity. I'd like to see how much cutting milk out of her diet will make a difference.<br><br>
So, do I want to buy soy? Lactose free? Something else?<br><br>
ETA: If I cut milk out of our diets and replace it is it still necessary to supplement with Vit. D or calcium?
 

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Most processed milks (grain, nut, other animal) have all the supplements you are used to added.<br><br>
Right now, cow milk in tea, oat milk in almost every recipe that calls for milk, and buffalo yogurt (no lactose, naturally) and mozzeralla. Aged parmesan does not have lactose in it as well.
 

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We love UNSWEETENED Almond Breeze. And occasionally when I have time, HOMEMADE almond milk.... mmmmmmmmmmmmm yummy.
 

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We use a combo of rice milk and almond milk. I would say nutritionally speaking that almond milk would be best, especially homemade fresh, but around here we use more rice milk because my husband prefers the taste.
 

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Thanks ladies!<br><br>
I'm not sure dd would drink goat's milk but I will try almond and rice.
 

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We don't drink it, but use rice milk as a cooking substitute and find it to work as well as cow's milk. DD is dairy intolerant and that led us to find it.
 

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We usually drink almond milk, but tried hemp milk for the first time a few weeks ago and LOVED it. It's very creamy. If you can find it, give it a try!
 

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We were just advised to cut out dairy because my daughter has had 3 ear infections this year. We also had to cut out soy because I was eating way too many processed soy foods. I bought some rice milk, but the box says, "For children under five, consult a physician." WTH?! Does anyone know why?
 

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NoliMum - I bought some enriched Rice Dream milk and saw the same thing about consulting your doc if feeding it to a child under 5. I read that's because the composition of the milk is so different then from breast milk or cow's milk. Rice milk is very low in fat and protien... (it's mostly carbs) two things young children still need in their diet. I read that as long as they get enough fats and protein elsewhere in thier diets, then you can still use rice milk. I decided to try giving my DD goats milk again... I'm still in the process of trying to get her to take something else becasue I have to have surgery and won't be able to BF afterwards...
 

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Here is another thumbs up for Hemp Milk.<br><br>
I tried Hemp Milk for the first time last week and I love all 3 flavors, orginal, vanilla, chocolate.
 

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we've tried many milks but coconut has topped them all for us. yummy! and kefir it for even better stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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We do a combination of enriched rice milk and almond milk (though more of the rice milk simply because it's enriched and the almond isn't.) I've never given cow's milk, just because I didn't feel it was the best kind. I tried dd on goat's milk but she wouldn't drink it. I'd love to switch me and dh over to rice and almond milk, but for now we still drink cow's milk. Funny though, a couple times we've been in a restaurant and I didn't bring their milk with me (I usually try to remember it). So, I've let them have cow's milk from the restaurant. Ds has done ok with it, dd won't drink it. I guess she's so used to the other stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
About rice milk though, some of you say it's not the best because of things it lacks. I do like the almond milk for the fat content but like I said, give more rice because it's enriched. I try to give the kids avocado on a daily basis (for the fat). They also get cod liver oil (that's good fat, right?) and cheese and I use olive oil to fix some of their food with. Is that enough fat for them or do I need to be doing something else?<br><br>
Is it ok that they get rice milk most of the time? Or should I try something else?
 
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