Best dairy free milk for 1 year old

(19 Posts)
Livingoffcoffee Sun 26-Jan-20 10:48:19

We're transitioning our one year old off breastfeeding - while he seems to have outgrown his cmpa reactions, I'd prefer to keep him off cows milk. Any recommendations on the best alternative milk options?

I saw Alpro do a kids soya with added vitamins/iron, but I'm put off by the raw cane sugar in the ingredients! Would regular oats milk be the best option? Though I'd like something fortified with iron if possible

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dementedpixie Sun 26-Jan-20 11:00:41

The other milks arent high enough in protein, calories, etc. If you were giving formula it is often advised to continue it until age 2. Can you consult your HV or GP or a dietitian to see what would be recommended

dementedpixie Sun 26-Jan-20 11:01:22

P.s I mean age 2 for CMPA children not those who can have cows milk

Ineedanamechange79 Sun 26-Jan-20 11:02:19

We used oat. Tried almond but it didn't agree with ds.

firstimemamma Sun 26-Jan-20 11:08:08

Our son has dairy issues and we were referred to an extremely experienced nhs dietitian. She instructed us to give him the alpro soya growing up milk for 1-3 year-olds (the one with the giraffe on the carton). I know you might be concerned about the sugar (as was I initially I'll admit) but then I thought it can't be bad / that high in sugar if a children's dietician is recommending it especially. It's obviously your choice, just thought I'd share my experience smile

dementedpixie Sun 26-Jan-20 11:09:30

The sugar will just be replicating the lactose that is in breast/formula milk

Pinkflipflop85 Sun 26-Jan-20 11:09:41

We were advised to use the alpro soya growing up milk. Or 'giraffe milk' as our son called it!


Ineedanamechange79 Sun 26-Jan-20 11:11:59

I might add that ds doesnt tolerate soy either so that's why we didn't use it.

Livingoffcoffee Sun 26-Jan-20 12:20:22

@firstimemamma ah that makes me feel better. None of our gp's have been very helpful in the dairy issues, but that makes sense

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ThatDreamSheep Sun 26-Jan-20 12:25:30

We use the Giraffe Milk as well! I spoke to the HV as concerned about the sugar and I think she said the sugar content was less than breastmilk or blue milk.

firstimemamma Sun 26-Jan-20 12:25:48

@Livingoffcoffee glad I could be of help smile

BobLobLawLLB Sun 26-Jan-20 12:27:51

Giraffe milk


fuzzledface Sun 26-Jan-20 12:30:12

Oatly Barista or Oatly Whole are fine too. Less sweet than the giraffe milk. That’s what we use as I couldn’t hack everything I used milk in tasting like custard!

NameChange30 Sun 26-Jan-20 12:36:47

The NICE guidelines says that babies with CMPA should have breastmilk or hypoallergenic formula until the age of 2. However, in reality NHS GPs dieticians will often refuse to prescribe it after baby turns 1.

Nutritionally, the best alternative is Alpro Growing Up milk. It has added vitamins including iodine IIRC. However it is a soya milk and some CMPA babies don't tolerate soya either. If that's the case, the next best thing Oatly Barista, or at least it was when DS was 1-2.

Lots of helpful info here

NameChange30 Sun 26-Jan-20 12:37:25

GPs and dieticians

StuWhitby Fri 21-Feb-20 16:54:48

Goat's milk?

Benefits vs cow's milk listed here:

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 22-Feb-20 10:07:52

Stu I didn’t think it was advised to give babies with CMPA goat’s milk? I have CMPA and would probably throw up for England if I went near the stuff.

benderinabun Sat 22-Feb-20 10:19:59

DS went on to Oat Milk at 12 months (the one fortified with calcium) as advised by the allergy clinic as the best alternative to cow's milk for CMPA.

StuWhitby Mon 24-Feb-20 12:53:39

Well, as a direct quote from the link above:

"Cow milk protein allergy in infants can be eight percent according to one study21 or as high as 20 percent according to another study,22 depending on country, but the use of goat milk is a cure in approximately at least 40 percent of all cow milk allergy cases23 or more.24 Many anecdotal reports25 support goat milk benefits for cases with cow milk allergy. A preliminary report26 of a nutritional study with 38 children drinking daily either 1 liter goat milk or 1 liter cow milk showed that 22 percent of the cow milk children were underweight. The goat milk children were superior in skeletal mineralization, blood serum vitamin A, calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and hemoglobin levels. A study with rats27 fed either goat or cow milk showed the goat milk rats grew also significantly better, had higher liver weights, greater hemoglobin iron gain, and higher iron absorption. The wide genetic diversity of milk proteins makes it difficult to identify which one is the responsible one in clinical cases of allergy, however studies with guinea pigs28 have shown that they had allergic reactions when fed alpha-s-1 casein and not if they were fed alpha-s-2 casein. Since alpha-s-1 casein is the dominant protein in cow milk, this may now explain why goat milk is so often a cure for cow milk allergy, since the dominant protein in goat is not alpha-s-1 casein but alpha-s-2 casein and goat milk lacking alpha-s-1 casein is less allergenic."

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