I am always amazed at how many different kinds of milks are out there now. From rice milk to soy to almond to now even milks like hemp and oat, it fascinates me how many choices exist.
Aside from my son having a severe allergy to cow’s milk, I myself have always had a sensitivity to it. As a young girl, I would often sneak around and dump my whole milk down the sink when my parents were not looking to avoid the stomach aches I would sometimes get. (Sorry Mom & Dad!)
During my pregnancy with my son, strangely enough I had none of my typical symptoms to cow’s milk. Then sure enough right after he was born, those old sensitivities started up again. That is when I started to switch between cow’s milk and almond milk.
Then came TJ’s anaphylactic reaction to yogurt. For many reasons that I will discuss in another post, I felt like continuing to breastfeeding him despite his multiple food allergies was the right decision for him…for us. At the time, his allergies to coconut, soy, cow’s milk, oats, almond and other nuts made the only option rice milk. Therefore, I drank rice milk for 5 months until he passed an oral food challenge to soy. That is when I started to drink soy milk for the next month of the elimination diet. Even though it has been over 4 months since I stopped breastfeeding, I have still been only drinking soy milk. During this time, the stomach pains that I had experienced most of my life were almost non-existent.
After reading up on milks recently and trying to really restore my gut health, I personally felt that I needed to open my diet up to several different types now. Therefore, I have just started to alternate between cow’s milk, almond, oat, and soy. With all of that being said, here are some interesting articles about different milk options. Hoping you find them as interesting as me, we smile on…