Well, here we are on the brink of something important – it is time to start our journey up the milk ladder. To say I am nervous is an understatement, having a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy means mealtimes are always a stress!
*Update* We have completed the Milk Ladder – click to see the full series.
Last month Baby L had an appointment with the dietician and we were given the pack containing the information we need to begin our journey on the milk ladder. Basically, if you do not know what this is, it is the process of reintroducing dairy into a child’s diet. Whether she makes it all the way to the top of the ladder i.e. drinking a pint of milk, will remain to be seen but we cannot avoid it any longer.
The first stage on the milk ladder is to try a malted biscuit, you can buy these in the supermarkets but I have had to make my own as the branded ones contain soya (another allergy!) and so will confuse the process. You only give a teeny tiny piece of biscuit on day one and slowly work up towards a whole biscuit.
Here is the recipe for anyone wanting to make their own:
110g unsalted butter
110g caster sugar
175g self- raising flour
50mls evaporated milk
(water if mixture is too dry)
Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC for fan ovens)
Cream the butter, sugar and milk together and then add the flour to create a dough. Add in water as necessary so that you can roll the dough into a sausage.
Makes 40 small biscuits
Obviously you do not need 40 biscuits but they can be frozen – either raw mixture or cooked- for use at a later date.
So how did we get on?
Day 1- A 10p piece sized amount. She liked the taste (a bit like rusks) and had no reaction at all.
Day 2- We doubled the size and she was absolutely fine once again.
Day 3- Half a biscuit. She slept right through the night (one of the signs is she wakes screaming).
Day 4- A whole biscuit and still fine.
I am going to keep her on this stage for a few weeks just to make sure she is fully tolerant before moving up the the next stage- digestives!!
Come back soon to read about how we get on!
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