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December 5, 2005

Breastfeeding and Infant Food Allergies

In most cases, the best nutrition for an infant is from the mother, via breast milk. Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect the baby from infections and reduces the possibility of future allergies.

That said, since the protein from cow’s milk can cross into breast milk, it’s possible for breast-fed infants to have symptoms of a cow’s milk allergy. The mother can eliminate all natural dairy products from her diet and adds alternative supplements. Keep in mind, an infant could also react to formula. Ask your pediatrician to prescribe one specifically for your child. Most allergists will recommend that infants with milk allergy stay away from dairy for 2 years. Then small amounts of milk can be reintroduced into the child's diet with doctor supervision.

Posted by David at December 5, 2005 8:22 AM