Our expert says:
The prime reason why cow's milk is so useful in a normal diet, is that it is our richest source of bioavailable calcium (it contains a bit more than 1 mg of calcium per ml). Individuals who have a true allergy to cow's milk (e.g. lactose intolerance) and do not outgrown their allergy as the grown older, may never be able to drink cow's milk. Such individuals must make quite sure that they are getting sufficient calcium (800- 1000 mg a day for adults) from a supplement like Calcium Sandoz or Caltrate. If you have had your lassie tested for milk allergy and she has given a positive result, then you need to keep her on a milk-free diet for awhile, but you must have this allergy confirmed and you should challenge her with a minute amount of cow's milk every few months to see if she still reacts. If she grows out of the allergy then she can of course have cow's milk, yoghurt, etc, but if she does not then you need to a) check if the milk replacements (soya or rice milk) contain sufficient calcium and if not b) give her a calcium supplement.
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