8. August 2011 | 11:54

Breastfeeding and CMA

Breastfeeding will ensure your baby gets the best nutrition possible and that it will grow and develop healthily. Apart from this, it is also known to be very important for mother-child bonding.

The first few months of a baby’s life are a crucial period for its growth and development. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, as breast milk contains antibodies which will promote your baby’s immune system and protect against certian infections.

If my baby has CMA - do I have to stop breastfeeding?

Although breastfeeding is best for most children, very sensitive babies can have an allergic reaction. This does not mean that they are allergic to breast milk itself. What happens is that they react to the small amounts of cows' milk proteins that pass from mother (e.g. from milk or dairy products eaten) to baby in the breast milk. Should this happen, you will have to eliminate cows' milk, dairy products, and all products containing cows' milk from your diet. Please talk to a Dietitian when trying an elimination diet in order to be sure you are getting all the vital nutrients you need to stay healthy. If you are recommended to commence a dairy-free diet while you are breast feeding, a follow up appointment should be arranged with your Doctor to monitor improvements in your baby's symptoms. In very rare cases, if symptoms do not resolve and CMA is still suspected, you may be advised to change to a hypoallergenic formula.

If you have any questions or concerns please consult your health care professional.