We are in week three of Ben's dairy free diet. There are mostly positive results with constipation being relieved by the addition of a daily probiotic and the spinach and chia seeds added to his smoothie. Ben seems to be eating more solid foods because he is not filled up with milk.
My skepticism about milk affecting Ben's sleeping and hyperactivity in the evenings is still there. I am tracking it and will be able to see patterns after a few more weeks. I do not intend on adding dairy back into his diet at the four week mark. I think more time is needed to make a decision about dairy being connected to his sleep and craziness at night.
It has been easy to make these changes in diet. Most stores, even the ones not known for their organic and expensive products, like Target, Aldi and Food Lion carry almond milk. The coconut yogurt (yogurt made from coconuts) and chia seeds is available at a grocery store that carries a large variety of food choices. Spinach is available everywhere. Probiotics are the most expensive investment and can be purchased in bulk at one of the warehouse stores such as BJs or Cosco at a lower cost.
My best guess is that we will continue this course, plan a visit with a nutritionist and then make decisions based on any testing and actual results we have seen.