I often get asked, "What's your take on milk?" Well, here it is in a nutshell:
- There is NO clinical proof that milk causes mucus build up—a long standing myth (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2154152) . That being said, I believe that if your child is sensitive to dairy (intolerance or allergy) then it can surely cause a multitude of symptoms including increased mucus production. If you have concerns about dairy, keep a food diary to note "intake" and "reaction". Then speak with your healthcare provider.
- If you consume milk (specifically from cows), make sure that it is always organic. No other option as far as I am concerned as the hormone and antibiotic residues, if consumed regularly, are detrimental to a child's health (or anyone's for that matter).
- If you are a milk drinker, I advocate rotating milks from cow's to coconut and everything in between including goat's, soy, rice, almond, etc. I am big on variety and alternating. Too much of any one thing is not good.
As far as what I do personally (cause I always get that question too), we drink a combination of rice, soy, coconut and cow's milk. I briefly breast fed my boys then had to switch to formula (due to a medical condition I live with). I used Nature's One Baby's Only formula—one week on dairy, the next on soy. And the rotating served us well!
Hope this helps!