When my daughter was 8 weeks old, a friend of mine announced she was going dairy free after her baby was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy. I remember thinking, “HOLY SH*T I LOVE CHEESE, I DON’T KNOW IF I COULD EVER DO THAT!” Well, exactly 2 weeks later my little one was also diagnosed with a milk protein allergy, and I was faced with a tough decision: do I switch her to a hypoallergenic formula, or do I eat dairy free and continue breastfeeding? Breastfeeding was going well for us, and I had the resources available to eat dairy-free, so I decided to give it a go and see how it went. Here we are, 5 months later, still dairy free. And when I say dairy free, I mean anything with whey or casein, those pesky little milk proteins. Being dairy free does not mean avoiding just milk, cheese, ice cream, and yogurt…did you know even most wines have casein?! This was going to be a long ride…
Now, my husband and I LOVE food. We LOVE eating out. And I didn’t want to sacrifice that part of our life. I remember spending hours researching allergy-friendly restaurants, perusing Yelp, Google, websites like “godairyfree.org”, and Facebook groups like “dairy-free breastfeeding” for recommended safe menu items and restaurants. I thought I’d come on here to share what I’ve learned about eating out while dairy-free in the Boston area, and perhaps help another local mama who is also navigating this challenging dietary restriction. I’ve met a lot of you, and I know you’re out there!
Almond milk ain’t bad, guys. But once I tried the amazing goodness that is OATLY OAT MILK….. OMGGGGGGG. It’s so good, and I’m never going back. Check out the map on their website to find one close to you: https://oatfinder.oatly.com/
My personal favorite places that sell latte’s made with Oat milk are:
CHAIN RESTAURANTS: (because we all have those days)
I have spent more time eating on the Cambridge/Somerville/Medford side of "the river," so my recommendations are pretty heavy in that area. However, I will continue to add and edit other options as I try them out!
There ya go! I could type so much more, but this is a good starting point. Let me know in the comments below if you have stumbled across a great dairy-free restaurant in the Boston area!
And, as always, double and triple check with the servers and restaurants directly that the menu options I have listed are indeed dairy-free. Things always change and it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Until next time,
<3 Kathryn of MVB