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What can I feed DD (10 months old, vegetarian, avoiding cow's milk)

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nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 12:10:13

please help smile

DD is quite happy to shovel food into her own mouth.

she's got eczema and although she hasn't been advised to avoid cow's milk, we figured it wouldn't hurt.

God, I miss milk chocolate. sad

she's still BF.

I'm rather stuck for food ideas, really. We made some goat's cheese biscuits and she likes cream crackers.
she doesn't seem to care much about toast, but anything biscuit textured she devours.
she likes broccoli and other veg - doesn't seem to care if it's cooked or not grin
she also loves apples. but doesn't like cooked courgettes.

I'm just running out of ideas, really. Because I work, we end up eating breakfast at the shop, and it seems to always be cream crackers (dry because she won't eat it with spread on it), and I'm worried she's not getting a proper balanced diet.

examples of typical days:
milk feed before waking, cream cracker for breakfast, apple mid morning, water, goat's cheese biscuit, goat's cheese on toast for lunch, then only milk till tea time. (she'll have carrot or broccoli as a snack too)
when she's hungry she'll choose milk first, but then she falls to sleep.
tea-time she'll have generally what we have, just small bits of it (last night it was pizza, about 2/3 slice in total, the other night it was a mild curry, so quite a few chunks of veg and potato)

what else could I think of for daytime?
tia smile

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:16:10

I've bookmarked that blog, Dr
yes, it is hard, all of the recipes seem to involve meat.
oh, i love the idea of soaking oats with fruit compote! like an uncooked flapjack!

we were given a box of shredded wheat, but it was the honey and nut one. I didn't like it (cardboard) but gave DD a couple of mouthfuls (nuts had soaked off in the goat's milk), then realised that not only was it nuts, but it was honey, and so I shouldn't even be giving it to her with the nuts soaked off. shame because she rather liked it.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:16:44

pancake - we're using goat's milk

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Sat 13-Oct-12 14:25:24

Re honey, I don't think the danger of botulism applies when its a product processed at a high temperature as the cornflakes will have been. But I wouldn't give a baby that much sugar anyway.

Don't worry too much about the nutrition side of things for now - while you're bf ing and she's under 1 all you need to do is give her lots of tastes and textures.

But do please avoid as much synthetic food analog as you can - and I'm including most cereals in that - she doesn't need sugar and salt, and the amount if processing that goes into a soya yoghurt isn't going to do her taste responses any good.

Just relax and give her real food.

Pancakeflipper Sat 13-Oct-12 14:25:56

We cannot use that. I cannot remember if it's got milk protein or lactose in but anyway that's my issue not yours! Has it made the eczema better for your baby? And if they can have goats cheese that's an added bonus.

You can get some milks like oat milk fortified with calcium. And Dr's can prescribe a calcium supplement if they feel it is necessary.

I would keep asking them about re-introducing dairy. There is a lot of different theories about reintroducing it ( you should gently do they get used to it in their system to the keep them off it until about 3 yrs old - it's trail and error ).

Ooh you can eat After Eight Mints - no milk in them....

cakeandcava Sat 13-Oct-12 14:27:53

Agree with PeachTown -you need to get her checked out to see if cow's milk really is a problem, and you need to seriously reconsider her diet -she has far too little protein and fat with what you've described above.

I don't think it's a problem to bring children up as vegetarians (vegans is another matter), but it is more difficult, and requires more planning and nutritional knowledge.

Dark leafy greens, beans and pulses would be good to feed her if she'll have them. Green beans dipped in hummus maybe?

Startailoforangeandgold Sat 13-Oct-12 14:36:02

Do you have to avoid nuts, DD1 would happily scoff mushroom nut roast from about 7 months.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Sat 13-Oct-12 14:41:47

Porridge fingers (using non-cow's milk) are great for breakfast.
And I second mini shredded wheat and weetabix as other good breakfast finger foods.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:48:18

Peach - i don't think i'm struggling to give her a balanced diet because there's not the food available, but because I'm not using my imagination.
I have been a veggie for many many years, and a lot of my diet seems to be milk based - but that's not unusual anyway, I was watching TV last night and in one commercial break all of the adverts were for milk based products- milk, cereal, yoghurt, cheese and chocolate.

she can eat goat's milk and sheeps milk and probably buffalo milk, so lots of cheese options there, but we have to be careful for milk hidden in things (like some breaded products have milk in)

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:51:00

Not sure if it's made any difference.

I know that pizza i had last night was cow's milk (I thought it was worth trying it to see if it made a difference because it's been about 2 weeks since the last time cow's milk passed our lips) and she was itching and rubbing all night long, even after the anti-histamine, so it's possible it's related, but it might just have been an itchy night. confused

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:53:03

cake - she does have vitalite, and is currently eating toast with goat's cheese on it.
we also give her egg, and she has eaten home-made cheese things with fat in

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 14:54:10

mushroom nut roast sounds good. smile

i like the idea of dipping green beans into hummous - she does seem to like hummous (but usually just dips her entire hand into it and licks it off grin )

Curtsey Sat 13-Oct-12 15:02:44

A lovely puree is potato, peas and cooked apple, with a little olive oil. Serve as a dip with pitta bread. (I add some cheddar usually but don't think it would be as nice with goats' cheese.)

Omelette with tomato and goats' cheese - DD aged 9 months would eat this all day.

Red lentil stew.

Banana and avocado on toast- great lunch or breakfast for you both, and loads of fat.

French toast with cinnamon and stewed berries.

AndMiffyWentToSleep Sat 13-Oct-12 15:05:02

Also I'd keep offering foods you think she doesn't like - she's quite young to have strong food preferences and the more often she tries something the more likely she'll like it - obviously just small tastes of what you're eating rather than buying and cooking courgettes or whatever just for her

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 15:09:09

yes, i see. the courgette thing is because when they're cooked it only seems to be the skin left! (which she usually gets rid of) - so she sucks it then chucks the skin away.
she will eat the courgette raw.

lovely ideas cutesy

we've just got to batch cook lots of things that I can throw in the freezer and defrost when we need it. we put a freezer in the shop for this purpose hmm and it's just full of raw frozen veg and suckers.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 15:09:27

curtsey not cutsey blush

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 15:10:34

I like the idea of dried banana - she seemed to like banana, but after discovering that the bloody stuff stains her clothes black (even after 2 boil washes), I'm reluctant to let her have it again hmm

JimbosJetSet Sat 13-Oct-12 15:20:42

I saw some Cheerio type cereal in Sainsburys last week, made by Ella's kitchen I think - horribly expensive for the amount you get in the packet but I did think it looked like perfect cereal for BLW...

forevergreek Sat 13-Oct-12 15:37:05

Spanish omelette ( can be made and sliced and you can both have over a few days)
Avocado sliced
I make carrot and courgette muffins which go down well, and spinach and cheese scones ( you can make and freeze)

Porridge fingers
Variety of fruit

forevergreek Sat 13-Oct-12 15:41:53

Also for lunch prob little ones here love houmous, spinach and grated carrot in pitta bread ( maybe in a few months with more teeth!)

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 15:45:57

thank you smile

all noted.

she has no problems biting and chewing! and she's got 8 teeth already grin

multipoodles Sat 13-Oct-12 15:56:54

I would recommend you join a vegan forum where there is lots of advice about rearing vegan children. Vegans rear healthy children regardless of what others may think, it is a much healthier lifestyle than overloading children with an excess of animal protein and fats.

Have a look here


upinthehills Sat 13-Oct-12 16:01:01

Personally if mine were vegi, and there is no diagnosed allergy or intolerance to dairy, I would introduce milk as it is a major hassle not to be able to eat dairy. Smother her in Aveeno cream every night as maintenance and see how you go! Mine had facial eczema and it would never have occurred to me to drop dairy. Aveeno and getting older sorted out the eczema.

One of my DC favourite dishes was coconut lentil curry - onion, garlic, ginger, red lentils, gara masala, carrots, sweet potatoes, salt free stock and coconut milk - served on rice.

Houmus sandwiches, rice cakes, oatcakes and cashew nut/ peanut butter all well liked.

I too feel you need to up the protein and filling carbs like pasta.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 16:07:32

thank you poodle i've bookmarked those too.

hills - i know, but it's this niggling paranoia, you know! i think it comes about because i have a very good friend who is CMP intolerant and so it was the first thing that came to mind.

lurcherlover Sat 13-Oct-12 16:08:02

It's a little bit pointless being veggie for moral grounds and then drinking milk really...what happens to the male calves? Or the cows for that matter, when their yield drops? They go exactly the same way as the beef cows do (who live much nicer lives, by the way). You might as well buy organically reared, ethically sourced meat, for your child at least.

nickeldaisical Sat 13-Oct-12 16:24:28

thanks lurcher - again not helpful, but I do appreciate your input.

I'm just looking for ideas on how to feed my DD, not advice on how evil I am still to eat dairy and eggs.
even worse, i keep chickens at home, and i know what happens to baby boy chicks.

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