Sunday, April 5, 2009

Skip the Dairy

Allergy Prevention Tip

The best advice I was given in regard to allergy prevention in babies, is to breastfeed for as long as possible. At the same time try and avoid dairy in your own diet. I gave up dairy for about a year with both my children. This sounds harder than it is, once you educate yourself on the many substitutes available - life carries on pretty much as normal. The second great bonus is that it helps to shed those extra preggie kilos, because just about everything fattening contains dairy!

I know that not all moms are able to breastfeed, this is fine as there are many non-dairy formulas on the market that you can give your baby. Just keep dairy out of your baby's diet once they start solids. It would be best to consult your clinic sister as to which formula best suits your baby.

Dairy substitutes:
Rice milk
Oat milk
Soy milk
Almond milk
Goats milk
**most of these come in powder or liquid form**
My favourite at the moment is oat milk, but I tend to go for a soy cappuccino when out for a coffee :-)
There are soy and goats milk yoghurts available at most shops nowadays aswell.

Most dark chocolates do not contain dairy, but you have to read the ingredients on the label to confirm. It is best to read the labels on all the processed foods you buy, so many products contain dairy, from crackers to gravy powders, even salami!

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