I should have known. I always hope I can get away with things. But I have been caught once again, this time by genetics. Clare's dad is lactose intolerent. Yeah - no ice cream for him. And I remember quite vividly going with my mom to the goat farm to get milk for me. So why I thought I could skate by this one I don't know.
I think Clare is allergic to cow's milk protein. I started her on full-fat yogurt at eight months. And she immediately pooped; it ran right through her and came out a beige color. Which is absolutely gorgeous on my new purse I must say, but as a 8 month-old child's bowel movement - not so pretty. So I backed off on the yogurt. I was hoping it was the brand which was flavored but when I tried plain, the same result. So I waited until ten months and gave it to her again. She seemed to tolerate it much better and her poops didn't change. So after a couple weeks I gave her cheese and she seemed to handle that fine as well. Around her first birthday I started introduing whole milk to her, which she had no interest in. But I also started weaning her and with less breast milk, she started drinking more whole cow's milk. She is now weaned and I have noticed that if she consumes more than about 8 ounces of cow's milk she gets the beige poop.
I did some research (http://www.askdrsears.com/, http://www.wholesomebaby.com/), asked some friends, and talked to her pediatrician. Based on Clare's age and response to the cow's milk, I think she is allergic to the protein in cow's milk and not lactose intolerant. My choices were to keep the cow's milk at a minimum and increase her intake of cheese and yogurt as well as water; offer her lactose-free cow's milk instead; or switch her to a different milk. There are a lot of different milk products available - goat, soy, rice and almond to name the most common. Goat's milk is the most similar to cow's milk in nutrients, fats, and proteins. It is lower in folic acid and B-12, which I will need to supplement. I would prefer to just reduce her intake of milk; however, she is on the small side (55 percentile in height, 5 percentile in weight) so I try to get as much healthy fat in her as I can.
So we are on the fourth day of trying goat's milk; the first day exclusively goat's milk. I gradually increased the amount of goat's milk while decreasing the cow's milk in her cups. As soon as the goat's milk content reached 50%, her bowel movements became more normal in color and consistancy. Clare hasn't shown an indication that she has noticed a change from cow's to goat's milk. I will keep you updated on Clare's Great Goat Experiment. Maaaa....