Do you suspect that your baby may be allergic to proteins in cows' milk?
Cows' milk protein allergy (CMPA), also known as cows' milk allergy (CMA), is one of the most common food allergies in babies and young children. There are many symptoms associated with CMA, but it can be easily managed with the correct diet, so getting a diagnosis is very important. The good news is that the vast majority of children who are allergic to cows' milk will outgrow this by the time they are 3 years old.
Can CMA affect your baby’s feeding?
Your doctor or health care professional (HCP) will advise you on how to improve your baby’s symptoms and how to eliminate cows’ milk protein from your baby’s diet. This should in no way affect your breastfeeding routine.
Breastfeeding is the best way of feeding your baby during the first months of life and is preferred whenever possible. It is also the preferred choice of feeding for a baby with CMA.
If you choose to move on from breastfeeding, your doctor or HCP will help you identify suitable alternative formulas. They can also support on the avoidance of cows’ milk protein during complementary feeding (weaning).
Once diagnosed, cows’ milk allergy symptoms can be easily managed with the correct support.
What is CMA?
CMA is a food allergy where your baby’s immune system reacts abnormally to proteins in cows’ milk. In rare cases, even babies who are exclusively breastfed may develop CMA by reacting to the cows’ milk protein that is transferred through the breast milk.
How to get a diagnosis of CMA
Diagnosing CMA can be challenging. If you suspect your baby may have CMA, you should visit your doctor. Keeping track of your baby’s symptoms and feeds may support your doctor assessment.
Learn more about how CMA is diagnosed
DISCOVER THE STORIES FROM OTHER PARENTS
We are here to help and support you and your baby. Discover other parents’ stories in these videos, where they discuss their journey to reaching a diagnosis of CMA for their baby.
ADRIANA, MOTHER, LONDON
Adriana tells the story of her baby, André, who presented cows’ milk allergy symptoms while she was breastfeeding him. She continued to breastfeed her baby while excluding milk from her diet.
KATE, MOTHER, ITALY
Kate talks about her baby Anna, who was constipated at 4 months and later diagnosed with cows’ milk allergy.
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