Dairy Allergy Alternative for Weaning Baby: Coconut Milk Tonic

If you have a baby with dairy protein allergy and ready to wean from breastmilk or formula, you are probably looking for a healthy alternative to cow’s milk. 

We were in the same situation about two months ago; I tried reintroducing cow’s milk and the result was

Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Sally Fallon.

I am in no way a medical professional, and you should talk with your doctor before trying something new.  This is what has worked for our family.

I wasn’t happy with the amount of fats and nutrients in almond milk, rice milk, etc for a young baby.  

However, coconut milk is full of good fats and nutrition for babies (and adults).  So we use this recipe.  It is equal to cow’s milk in fat and calcium (per Eat Fat, Lose Fat):

1 can of whole fat Organic Coconut Milk

2 1/4 cups of water (preferably filtered with no chlorine, etc)
2 tablespoons of (organic) Grade B Maple Syrup or a pinch of stevia
1 tsp of vanilla extact
1 tsp of KAL Dolomite (calcium)

I have to label Max’s milk so JTom doesn’t grab it instead of our raw milk  =)

I heat all ingredients in a pot until the dolomite powder is dissolved, and then pour it into a glass jar and keep in the fridge.  I make this in double batches, and store it in a half gallon mason jar. Shake the jar well before pouring into bottle to warm up, the thick cream will separate from the rest of the milk when chilled.

**Where to get ingredients**
We purchase either Natural Value coconut milk in BPA free cans, or Native Forest organic coconut milk- depending on which is cheaper- through Amazon Prime.  So we can do subscribe and save and also get free 2/3 day shipping, which is very convenient.  However, I really watch the prices of the milk, because like right now, the organic milk is cheaper than the Natural Value brand.

** What to look for in natural, real ingredients**
Please do not use coconut milk in cartons- they contain very dangerous additives (although the carton may say the milk is organic, the actual ingredients are in fact NOT).  

“NO PRESERVATIVES”- no stabilizers, emulsifiers, whiteners, guar gum, and BPA free cans!
Natural Value brand of Coconut Milk
Ingredients: Coconut extract, water


Ingredients: Organic Maple Syrup- that’s IT!

Now, the dolomite powder can be stored in the pantry, but always always keep pure, organic, grade B maple syrup in the fridge or it will go bad! (because, you know.  It’s a real food with no additives)  And yes, it is pricey, but we just use it sparingly at our house.

Max LOVES this milk, and I feel good about giving it to him.  Again, I suggest doing your own research, and taking the recipe, and nutrition information (in the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat) and talk it over with your doctor because I am not a health care professional.  

But this is a pure, real food milk recipe for baby, and I feel is much safer than a chemical laden formula alternative for our baby with dairy allergies.

Max is gaining weight and developing great on this formula!

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    • Meghan says:

      Hi! My son was 12 months when I started him on this formula (he was 2 in September and is still on it). I used the meat and bone broth based recipe before 12 months. Hope that helps!

    • Meghan says:

      Hi Lauren! I would say it should last about a week, maybe more? I find that like any milk, you can smell when it has gone sour (evident when finding lost sippy cups a few days later! =O).

  1. Hannah says:

    Hi, I have come across this coconut tonic recipe a few times. I have just weaned my 14 month old onto it. He has become very constipated though since starting. Just wondering if you had any issues with constipation when you got your little guy onto it?

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