My 6 yo only weighs 40 lbs. We had to take him off of milk due to a milk allergy that took 6 years to figure out. So besides whole milk products what other type of lactose free milk products will work to help him gain weight?
This is a great question Donna!
It would be a pretty to switch him over to Regular (can be flavored) almond milk or rice milk. If you choose to buy the unsweetened version, keep in mind you will need twice the amount to ensure your son is receiving the proper energy or calories for the day. If you’re looking for your son to actively gain weight, you could consider giving him canned coconut milk. It is similar to boxed milk but has a bit more fat and more energy in it. You can substitute most plant based milks for regular milks in recipes 1:1.
Malia Cable, RDN
Essential Nutrition – Eating Disorder Dietitian