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Is almond milk healthier than cows milk?

Is almond milk healthier than cows milk?

It depends: If you tolerate cow's milk, then enjoy it. Some folks are allergic and some folks are lactose intolerant. The anti-cow's milk militants tend to be militant vegetarians or animal-rights people, and there's little or no real science to support ordinary folks avoiding it. ...Read more

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Is rice milk soy formula or soy milk better for a toddler with milk intolerance?

Is rice milk soy formula or soy milk better for a toddler with milk intolerance?

More palateable: Either formula will work, however, there is an issue with palatability of the infant to tolerate the formula. Thus, its a matter of trying out the formula. Historically the soy based formula is more popular and also less expensive and readily available. Rice formula tends to be sold in certains stores. ...Read more

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Can toddlers drink goat milk due to cow milk allergies?

Can toddlers drink goat milk due to cow milk allergies?

Goat vs cows milk: There is very high degree (92%) of similarity between cows milk and goats milk. So the short story is no. If one wanted to try an alternative type of milk, then mare's milk is much less cross reactive. ...Read more

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Drinking almond vs cow milk during pregnancy?

Drinking almond vs cow milk during pregnancy?

No endorsement: I am not sure what you are asking since there is no question here. But medicine would be neutral on recommending one or the other products since both are fine and available. ...Read more

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Which is better soy based or cow milk infant formula?

Which is better soy based or cow milk infant formula?

Depends on situation: Some folks prefer the bovine protein as more human like & there is some question whether the soy lives up to its quality. That said, most kids would never have any appreciable difference in growth/development either way.The exception comes if a kid is intolerant to one. If so, the other product or a specialty formula like alumentum would be less likely to cause GI symptoms. ...Read more

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Is goat's milk better than cow's milk?

Is goat's milk better than cow's milk?

Not really: Some people feel that they tolerate goats milk better than cows milk. However, if you are lactose intolerant, you will be intolerant to both cow and goat milk. If you are sensitive to the protein in cows milk, causing bloating, constipation, and cramping, you will likely have the same problem with goats milk. Goats milk does not provide better nutrition for humans than cows milk. ...Read more

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Which milk is better for my 2yr old baby: Formula, Normal pasteurized Cow Milk or UHT Long Life Cow Milk?

Which milk is better for my 2yr old baby: Formula, Normal pasteurized Cow Milk or UHT Long Life Cow Milk?

Milk: Formula is not appropriate for a 2 year old, and unpasteurized milk increases the risk of Listeria infection. Organic whole milk gets my vote. ...Read more

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Is soy milk considered in the milk yogurt cheese group?

Is soy milk considered in the milk yogurt cheese group?

NO: Question if soy milk is in the same group as "milk, yogurt, cheese" group. NO. Soy milk is soy based, which is a different protein than cow's milk protein. Traditional milk, yogurt, and cheese are made from cow's milk. All these have alternative to cow's milk, such as soy, almond, coconut, etc. ...Read more

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Allergic to milk and soy based formulas?

Allergic to milk and soy based formulas?

Elemental formula: There are multiple brand of formula available that are either hydrolyzed or if the allergy is true ige mediated then there are 2 formula products available that are pure Amino Acid formulas (neocate and elecare) without any of the milk or soy protiens. ...Read more

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Can 7mo old breastfed babies drink soy milk?

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Can 7mo old breastfed babies drink soy milk?

You mean soy formula: Certainly yes. Soy formula is not really advantageous over milk based formula though. ...Read more

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Could you slowly introduce similac isomil (soy formula) from similac alimentum?

Possibly: If the reason for using alimentum initially was for milk protein allergy/colitis, it is important to note that a significant percentage of babies with the allergy will also have a reactivity to soy. Talk to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How typical are sheep/goat milk allergies without cows milk allergies?

How typical are sheep/goat milk allergies without cows milk allergies?

Rare: Most of the time people with cow's milk allergy cross react to goat and sheep milk. The casein proteins share 87-98% of the same Amino Acids across all 3 species. Therefore it is possible to only be allergic to goat or sheep, but not very likely. Goat and sheep milk are not safe substitutes for people with anaphylactic reactions to cow's milk. ...Read more

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Benifits of soy milk?

Benifits of soy milk?

SoyMilk: I am not a fan of soy milk. Yes there are some benefits but studies from asia show that the people that benefit the most from soy are kids who have it all their lives. There was no real cancer protection from additional soy. The best soy comes from natural soy or very little processed soy such as edamame, soy nuts, tofu and tempeh. Try coconut or almond milk. ...Read more

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Is mother's milk tea helpful in stimulating milk supply?

Is mother's milk tea helpful in stimulating milk supply?

Yes: Mother's milk tea contins an herb called fenugreek. Fenugreek is helpful but you've got to drink lots of tea. Better yet, take fenugreek capsuls 2 caps 4 times per day till your milk supply improves. Frequent breast stimulation by putting your baby to breast or pumping at the same time helps too. ...Read more

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Does drinking soy milk make breasts grow?

Drinking soy: Milk will not increase your cup size. ...Read more

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Other than calcium and vitamin d, what other nutritional values does cow milk have?

Other than calcium and vitamin d, what other nutritional values does cow milk have?

Protein: Cows milk is an excellent dietary source of calcium, vitamin d and protein. Protein is especially important for people who do not eat meat or eggs. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on moringa olfeira? I've heard it's great to boost supply and nutritional value of mothers milk but i also read that women of child-bearing age shouldn't take it?

What's your opinion on moringa olfeira? I've heard it's great to boost supply and nutritional value of mothers milk but i also read that women of child-bearing age shouldn't take it?

Not well-studied: It is great for mother to provide breast milk to their infants. There are many health benefits for both involved. However, I do not recommend substances like moringa olfeira because of the lack of data. Does it help, i'm skeptical; could it harm either the baby or mom, not worth the risk. Disclaimer: I am a physician-scientist who likes data. ...Read more

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I am feeling week so i drink milk thrice a day but that is causing indigestion is there any way to avoid indigestion or better nutritional source?

I am feeling week so i drink milk thrice a day but that is causing indigestion is there any way to avoid indigestion or better nutritional source?

Too vague: This is difficult to adress online. In general, think about getting plenty of rest, eating a balanced diet, at least 4 glasses of water per day, multivitamin, exercise. If you are doing all of this and still feeling weak, go see your family doctor for a checkup! ...Read more

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Nutritionally, is it better or worse to introduce cow's milk at 12 months if the baby is still breastfeeding?

Nutritionally, is it better or worse to introduce cow's milk at 12 months if the baby is still breastfeeding?

No effect: I don't believe it is either good or bad for most babies, whether cow's milk is started at one year of not, if breastfeeding is continued. Breastmilk can't be beat easily as a perfect food but it is not enough alone and a nurtritious varied diet is best at this age. However breastmilk is an adequate replacement for cow's milk if still breastfeeding. ...Read more

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When transitioning a baby from formula to cow's milk, what is the best way to do it? stop the formula altogether or gradually? What quantity per feed?

When transitioning a baby from formula to cow's milk, what is the best way to do it? stop the formula altogether or gradually? What quantity per feed?

Either is fine: There are several ways to transition...One has been shared. Another is to just stop formula and give cow milk. Some babies do not like this and then you can gradually transition ...Start with example- 1 oz milk /4 oz formula; then 2 z milk/2 oz formula and so on til it is all milk. You can also transition to almond milk or rice milk and be sure child is eating solids well. ...Read more

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Is it ok to feed my baby cow's milk?

Is it ok to feed my baby cow's milk?

No: The aap recommends not introducing cow's milk to your infant until his/her 1st birthday. For the first year of life, the ideal liquid is breast milk. If your infant is not breast-feeding, using formula is recommended. Formula is iron and vitamin fortified, where cow's milk has no iron. The milk protein load in cow's milk is too high for infants and can upset their belly. ...Read more

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Is goat's milk better than cow's milk?

Not really: Some people feel that they tolerate goats milk better than cows milk. However, if you are lactose intolerant, you will be intolerant to both cow and goat milk. If you are sensitive to the protein in cows milk, causing bloating, constipation, and cramping, you will likely have the same problem with goats milk. Goats milk does not provide better nutrition for humans than cows milk. ...Read more

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What age is it ok to start giving my baby cow milk?

What age is it ok to start giving my baby cow milk?

12 months: Babies need about 24-32oz of formula or breast milk until 1 year of age for appropriate nutrients. At age one it is ok to start giving them whole cow's milk. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby will not eat cow's milk?

What should I do if my baby will not eat cow's milk?

Find an alternative: Bovine milk is a convenient but unnecessary part of the diet. If it weren't an easy calcium source it would likely not be used at all. The other benefits:sugars, fluid, protein & fat are available in other liquids. Your baby may be self selecting against the bovine milk because it figured out that it causes cramps or gas. Move on to something else. ...Read more

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At what age can baby start drinking whole cow's milk?

At what age can baby start drinking whole cow's milk?

!st Birthday: Current recommendation is to wait until the child's 1st birthday. ...Read more

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My child doesn't like cow milk, so what's a good substitute?

My child doesn't like cow milk, so what's a good substitute?

Add flavoring: How about adding some flavoring to the milk (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry). ...Read more

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At which age i have to transfer my baby from follow up formula to ordinary full cow milk? Do i need to do this or its ok to keep him on follow up form

~12 months: ~ 12 months of life is a good time to change to whole milk (VIt D, red capped). Usually there is no need to purchase follow up formula unless your baby is being followed for Failure to Thrive or has other dietary restrictions. Save your money and switch to cow based milk at 12 months. ...Read more

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Is cow's milk safe to have in pregnancy. ...

Is cow's milk safe to have in pregnancy. ...

Yes: Hi. As long as you're not lactose intolerant, cow's milk is perfectly safe in pregnancy, and is a good source of calcium the fetus needs to develop the skeleton. ...Read more

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Is the cow milk harmful for high cholestrol patients ?

Is the cow milk harmful for high cholestrol patients ?

Possibly: Cow's milk has different fat percentages. Whole milk has the most fat which could be reflected in cholesterol numbers. Harm is if you have too much of it or lack the fiber or other components that help to reduce high cholesterol. Many people are sensitive to cow's milk which is not necessary in the adult diet. It might be worth a trial without it. ...Read more

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When is it safe to give my baby cow's milk?

When is it safe to give my baby cow's milk?

1 years: A 1 year old baby can switch off of formula and start whole cow milk. Formula is somewhat more nutritious but is much more expensive. A baby who is a picky eater and eats little solid food, or has almost no variety in his choice of solid foods, will probably not get enough iron and vitamins from his diet. Such a baby may be better off drinking formula instead of milk, until age 18 months. ...Read more

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How long should my 5 year old niece be on cow milk?

How long should my 5 year old niece be on cow milk?

Through adulthood: As tolerate through adulthood. Most of the brain growth occurs in the first 6 years which is why whole cow's milk is recommended. If lactose intolerant, there is lactaid or special milk for that. Milk and milk products help maintain a healthy weight, healthy bones, vitamin D level which may help prevent cancer. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/vitamin-D ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to almond milk but not almonds or cow's milk?

No and yes: No to almond milk but yes to cow's milk since they are not related. ...Read more