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What's baby to drink if he can't have soy or dairy?
Q: My son was put on hypoallergenic formula when he was 4 weeks old, after we discovered that he was allergic to regular formula and soy. He’s now 1, and we’re discovering that he can’t have cow’s milk or soymilk. What can he have as a substitute?
Lisa Joplin
A: Rice milk seems to be a very acceptable substitute for children with casein/soy intolerance, and some children have also been able to use goat’s milk with good results.

You might have to start reading labels to thoroughly avoid foods and medicines with soy or casein byproducts in them as well—and that’s more foods than you can imagine. If this is the case, search the Internet under “casein and soy allergy” for a list of what these allergenic ingredients are called. The good news is that many children are able to tolerate small amounts of these allergens as they grow older, and some even overcome the sensitivities completely.

Susan M. Leisner RD, IBCLC, RLC Nutritionist & Lactation Consultant