Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy- Our Journey up the milk ladder #2

It has been a while since I started this mini series documenting our journey up the milk ladder. Lils was born with a Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy but she has reached the stage where she is able to tolerate small amounts. We are sharing our journey in the hopes that it will help you too.

Did you miss part 1? Or want to see the whole series

Our Journey Up The Milk Ladder Part 2

 

We left off having completed the first stage (hurrah!) of the ladder, which is being able to eat a malted biscuit. She is now able to tolerate those absolutely fine and as a result we were able to move onto the next stage- digestive biscuits. We had a bit of a faff over the malted biscuits, having to make my own to avoid soya, so it was quite nice to be able to buy regular biscuits for a change!

milk ladder

How has she been getting on?

We started off with a pea sized piece of digestive and each day doubled the amount. She didn’t have a single issue with them which I was so relieved about. I am always paranoid that we are going to have a night from hell but touch wood she has been fine.

The next stage on the ladder is muffins. Here is the recipe for 8 muffins:

132g flour

40g cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

100g soft brown sugar

40ml oil (any)

70ml apple puree

200ml milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Mix all of the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix all of the wet ingredients in another and then combine. Place in muffin cases and bake for 20 mins at 180ºC. The mixture is quite runny but they do rise nicely. 

She had no reaction to the cakes, even eating a whole one near the end of the day (I always try to give new things in the morning to give her a chance to react before bedtime). I cannot believe she had actual milk, I felt so nervous adding it into the mixture!


We are now at the scotch pancake stage- a bit random but obviously a necessary rung of the ladder! Today she had half a pancake, probably the size of her hand, and she has gone down like a light. Fingers crossed she will sleep fine as she has done throughout this process!

We bought shop ones but here is the recipe to make 18 pancakes:

120g self-raising flour

pinch of salt

30g caster sugar

1 egg

144ml milk

Method

Sift the flour and add the salt. Crack the egg into the milk and whisk. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Heat the pan and test it is hot enough by placing a small bit of batter to check. When the surface of the batter is covered in bubbles it is time to flip the pancake.

So that is where we have got up to so far, the next stage is  Shepherd’s Pie which makes me feel very nervous. I haven’t looked up the recipe yet but I am assuming it is using butter in the mash! We are so used to using Vitalite it is going to be very weird using real butter! Keep your fingers crossed for us!!

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Comments 21

  1. Oh wow huge good luck, we actually mostly drink goat’s milk her or lactose free, I’ve read so much on how bad cow’s milk is for us all and how doctors often ask kids who are prone to glue ear and tonsillitis (both of my kids) to ease off it so I try where possible to limit cows. I understand though with allergies it’s imp to introduce it though, lots of love to you both x

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      Thanks hun, I know I always feel better when I cut down on dairy. You are right, cows milk isn’t great for us. No other mammals drink other animals milk so why do we? Problem is I love it haha! x

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  2. It must be so hard having a little one with allergies. It sounds like you are taking all the right steps. I am thrilled that the digestive bisuits, muffins and pancakes have been a success. Those recipes do look yummy. Good luck with the shepherd’s pie. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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      1. Do you have a recipe for the shepherds pie? We did… Give him a home made one but I didn’t add milk just a little butter … Yeh we bought a shop bought lasagne made with skimmed milk powder he seemed fine… Not sure what to do next

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          Yes I have a whole document with all of the recipes in. Although I am scared for the next stage to be honest- yoghurt was always a difficult one with her sister so am dreading making her worse again x

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  3. I’m on step 2 of them he milk ladder and looking for muffins next. Do you know of any shop brought ones that are suitable to use?

    Thanks

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      I made my own, much easier as shop bought ones often contain soya and other bits and bobs. Tesco are really good with their free from range as are Ssinsburys so worth a check x

  4. How far did she get Katy? We are still unable to try as he keeps reacting to May contains 🙁
    It’s great to hear about others experiences!

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  5. Hi Katy,

    Just a quick question.

    We’re currently going through the milk ladder and I can’t find any scotch pancakes in shops that contain mil protein and not whay powder, any ideas?

    Thanks

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  6. Hi… Do you recall what scotch pancakes you was able to find? We are currently on the milk ladder and my daughter is also soya free. I’m struggling to find any in the shops that are soya free and contain milk protein (not whey powder)? x

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      Ooh do you know I really don’t. I don’t think I made my own so I don’t know how I managed it. Perhaps Sainsbury’s? If not then maybe try your own. I just added a pancake recipe that is totally dairy soya free but you could use a little milk added in? Next time I’m out I’ll try and find the ones I would have used. The only thing I can think is maybe we didn’t know she was soya allergic until much later so maybe I used normal scotch pancakes without realising. So sorry I can’t give a better answer x

  7. Hello,
    I have a question. My son has a milk intolerance. He is being perscribed similac. We have started weaning, I mix his special formula with baby rice (baby porridge has milk in it). When making muffins ect do I use normal cows milk?, apatimel formula? Or his own perscribed formula?

    I really don’t want him getting tummy pains or blood in his poo again!

    One anxious and nervous mummy!

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      Hi Rebecca! It is so hard isn’t it? It is up to you if you want to stick with his Sumilac but I personally would use oat milk seeing as he will still be having bottles at this stage to get the nutrients. But definitely don’t use cow or normal formula as it will trigger symptoms. Once he reaches one year old you can move him off formula and on to oat milk in his bottles and once you feel he is ready (between 2 & 3 years old) try and get him up the milk ladder. Always here if you need more advice xxx

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