Cow's Milk Protein Allergy- Our Journey up the milk ladder #4

Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy- Our Journey up the milk ladder #4

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We have been moving up the milk ladder quite slowly, more due to caution than anything else but it has done her good. Yesterday she ate pizza – with cheese!! If you had told me that she would eat cheese a year ago I would have probably laughed, then cried in desperation. But it happened and I want to share our journey to give others hope for their little ones. I felt so very alone, nobody should have to feel like that.

So our last update saw LJ eating shepherd’s pie, she has eaten it again since and has slept through with no ill effects every single time. The next stage on the ladder was lasagne- not something I was looking forward to with the white sauce element but we gave it a go using the recipe given to us for this journey.

Beef Lasagne

450g Beef mince

1 onion, finely chopped

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

150g mushrooms

350g tomato passata

1tsp dried thyme

350g lasagne sheets (I used gluten free)

40g cheese

White sauce (The recipe didn’t give anything besides 350ml milk so I used 2oz butter with 2oz plain flour)


Fry the beef mince, add in the mushrooms, onion, peppers and mushrooms until soft. Add the thyme to release flavour before pouring in the passata. Simmer on a low heat until some of the passata has reduced down to a sauce.

Meanwhile, make the white sauce. Add the butter and flour to a saucepan to make a roux. Slowly add the milk, ensuring it is well mixed before adding more. Keep adding until you get the consistency you want. (I actually added some coconut milk to top it up as I wanted it a little runnier). 

Layer up the lasagne – meat / lasagne sheet / white sauce and repeat- finishing off with white sauce.

Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle on the cheese 10 minutes from the end. (I cooked mine in the slow cooker, so much tastier that way!)

LJ really enjoyed eating it and I have made it a couple of times since, again she has been absolutely fine. Such a relief I can tell you!

Other than that she is still struggling with soya and gluten. I need to sit down and research it all properly but my mind has been so focused on dairy I haven’t made the time for the other allergies. We have found some great products for her to eat though, those completely free from anything that could cause her problems.

clever cookies

The first are some delicious biscuits from Totally Devoted. Biscuits are her favourite and the ones you get in supermarkets are never received well – they look like cardboard so I don’t blame her! She loved these though so am going to make sure I get some more!

nothing but fruit snacks

The second are these little fruit pouches from Nothing But. Such an easy go-to snack, she loves fruit but gets herself in such a mess so these are great for taking out with us, to keep her happy between meal times.

So a great month for her, I am so pleased. The next stage is pizza and making our own last week meant I could control the amount of cheese she had. So I now need to be brave and try her on a shop bought pizza, Sainsbury’s have gluten free versions so I will be getting one of those. I am a bit nervous (as always) but I am sure it will be fine.

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  • Reply
    Laura's Lovely Blog
    October 28, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Oh pizza start cheese I am jealous! How old is LJ? We’re due to start the milk ladder next month, last time wasn’t great, but the dietitian wants us to keep trying every 2/3 months. Fingers crossed! And fab news for you 🙂

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      October 30, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      She is 22 months now and we have been doing it for the last 6 months or so. I try a new thing every month but we stayed on the first rung for a few months as I was so scared! x

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    Lins @Boo & Maddie
    October 28, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I’m so interested to follow your journey, whilst it must be nervy it’s great your persevering. I’m in the process of trying to work out what my own food intolerance is whilst waiting for a diagnosis. Having cut out and reintroduced things it looks like it’s gluten as the flareups are just horrendous when I eat rubbish bread. So hard to know what to do for the best. Good luck X

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      October 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      It is rubbish we have to do our own trial and error isn’t it but really I think our own instincts are always best. LJ doesn’t seem to flare up if I make bread myself (even with normal flour) so that is something worth trying xx

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    January 10, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Can you let me know where you found the Totally Devoted cookies? I can’t seem to find any UK links for them – it all appears to be Australia/New Zealand?

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      January 11, 2017 at 8:29 am

      I had to remove the link as they seem to have stopped making them here since I wrote this post I’m afraid 🙁 x

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    February 23, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The lasagne you made- how many portions was that for please? X

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      February 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Oh goodness it was so long ago but I’d imagine it fed all of us as a family of 4. x

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        February 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        Brilliant! Thank you xx

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    July 22, 2018 at 11:38 am

    How much of that is a portion for a child?

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      July 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      It all depends on your own child. I’d plate up around a tablespoon’s worth for Wills and then dish the rest out to the rest of us.

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