8. August 2011 | 11:18

My child was diagnosed with CMA – what to do next?

If you are (still) breastfeeding …

Breast milk is the best nutrition for infants as breastfeeding protects your child against the development of certain diseases. Rarely, breat-fed infants will react to the dietary proteins present in breast milk due their mothers' diet including dairy products. After the diagnosis of CMA in your child, you will have to eliminate cow’s milk, dairy products, and all products containing cow’s milk from your diet. This is very important since cow’s milk proteins are passed on through the breast milk to your infant. Please talk to a dietitian when trying an elimination diet in order to be sure you are getting all the vital nutrients you and your baby need to stay healthy.

If your baby is bottle-fed …

If you are feeding your baby a formula already, you will need to switch to a specialised formula suitable for CMA, also known as hypoallergenic formule. Options range from formulae containing cows' milk proteins which have been broken down to formulae that contain no cows' milk protein at all. These are called amino acid-based formulas (AAF).When feeding AAF, you therefore completely avoid the cow’s milk protein that makes the immune system react so unpleasantly.

Please consult your Doctor or Dietitian who will advise on the most appropriate formula for your child.

Please refer to the Further Information section for more information.