Before sharing the information I want to briefly share that I've been a mum who HAD to explore alternatives to cow's milk after breastfeeding due to one of my children having cow's milk protein intolerance (CMPI). While we were able to successfully reintroduce dairy to their diet (from 3 years old), I wholeheartedly understand how confusing and stressful it can be to navigate at the beginning. I hope the following information supports you to feel confident at meal times AND confident to reach out for support when needed.
FOR BABIES UNDER 12 MONTHS
Dairy products can be introduced via food in small amounts (for example, small amounts of ghee, butter, yogurt, cheese and cow's milk within meals). Current allergy recommendations are to introduce allergens (including dairy) before 12 months.
FROM 1-2 YEARS OLD
If not cow's milk, what else?
- Breastfeeding can continue for as long as a mother and child feel comfortable.
- Special hypoallergenic formula may be continued (under medical guidance).
- Fortified soy milk may be offered. Calcium should be 120mg/100ml.
- Fortified rice milk (or alternatives including oat, pea etc) may be offered under the supervision of your child’s doctor, nutritionist or dietician. This is because they are usually low in energy, protein and other nutrients. They should be full fat and fortified with calcium, with protein and B12 provided via other sources.
- 'Dairy and/or their alternatives' can be provided via meals/snacks. This can be really comforting to know if your child refuses to transition to cow’s milk (like my first born did!). In this instance the aim is to provide the recommended servings of ‘dairy and/or their alternatives’ each day, based on the child's age. So for example, if your toddler is having yogurt and a slice of cheese OR a cup of fortified soy milk in cereal and fortified soy yogurt each day, then they are likely meeting their requirements. If you choose this option it is important that you regularly review your child’s diet with a nutritionist or dietician to ensure nutrients are adequate.
FROM 2 YEARS OLD
HOW TO SEEK SUPPORT
If you need to reach out to our HNK nutritionist for a nutritional analysis please email via support@hernourishedkids - please note this is not a suitable option for diagnosed medical conditions.
This article is for inspiration and educational purposes only. Always check with your doctor or dietician first before making any changes to your or your child’s diet or physical activity. The ideas, information and suggestions in this guide are purely those of the author and are not substitutes for consulting with your personal health care provider. The author will not accept responsibility for any action, or claim, resulting from the use of information contained in this guide. We are all unique, what may work for one individual may not for another. Consulting with an expert can help you customise recommendations. If you are worried about your child’s nutritional intake, health or wellbeing please consult with your chosen health care provider.