Thursday, January 14, 2010

I Scream, You Scream

Unfortunately Sam won't be screaming for ice cream on his first birthday....we've eliminated dairy from his diet since Monday, and we already have two nights in a row of 7 hours of sleep! That hasn't happened for SIX months! His rash is also clearing up nicely. And he's so happy, well he was happy before, but now even happier.

I'm going to wait until his rash is completely gone and then try the soy milk one more time. If that doesn't work, I'll have to figure out what his milk alternative is going to be. Most kids that can't handle cow or soy milk can handle goat's milk, but I don't know where to find it around here! Annie - my cousin's wife who is a GI nurse, thinks he will outgrow it and recommended giving him til he is a year old adjusted (March 15) and then trying the dairy out again.

I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it, for now I will just enjoy my happy sleeping baby!


Bob Bada said...

I can't tell you exactly where to get goat milk,
try any Whole Foods Mkt or health food store. As for ice cream I make Goat Milk Gelato available at and health food stores in Phila., PA area. Check out my site

Veronica Lee said...

Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

abby said...

I am so thrilled to hear that Sam is doing so well off of the cow's milk. We had a very similar experience....While I would bet that it won't be forever, I will warn you that it will probably be a while before he's back on cow's milk and that he might not like the taste of it when he does try it again. Hallie was off of the stuff for over a year and a half--and our allergist warned us to be rigorous about this--and now she can tolerate some cow's milk products. She doesn't like the mouth feel of cow's milk straight, though. Cheese is okay and ice cream, too, but she prefers goat milk as a beverage.

In our neck of the woods, Whole Foods, Wegman's, and our local natural food store sell fresh, canned, and powdered goat milk. The local farmer's market here also sells goat milk -- so checking those sorts of places is worthwhile, too.

If you cannot find the fresh, try Meyenberg's canned (evaporated) goat milk. I am not a goat milk connoisseur, but Hallie seems to like the stuff -- I mix the canned and reconstituted to more calories than typical powdered stuff to her fresh for her. The canned stuff is available online at Amazon (for a good price; it is pricey, but so is baby formula, is my thinking). The powdered stuff is also available on line and the prices vary but some of the vitamin stores have it for far less money than WF or wegman's. And usually the shipping costs are free or minimal. And the good thing about the Meyenberg goat milk (and this goes for the fresh as well as the canned and powdered) is that they fortify it. Goat milk is higher than cow's milk in calcium but doesn't have the Vitamin D and Folic acid and all that nice stuff in it that commercially available cow's milks do.

And goat's milk ice cream is DELICIOUS (even for those of us used to cow's milk). The Gelata di capri (available in my market) is fabulous, as is Laloo's, which I believe is available in various places throughout the country.

Anonymous said...

B -- Glad all of you are getting better nights' sleeps! Love ya, babe -- You are a very good Mommy. I am proud of you always being so persevering for your boys. Mom