Breastfeeding & CMA

The first step to relieving your child's symptoms will be visiting your healthcare professional and finding out if your baby has cow's milk allergy. They will then be able to manage your child's condition.

Breastfeeding will ensure your baby gets the best nutrition possible and grow and develop healthily. Breastfeeding 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 breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months as breast milk contains antibodies which will help your baby’s immune system develop and protect against certain infections. Normally babies will not develop allergic symptoms while being exclusively breastfed.

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

Although breastfeeding is best for most children, very sensitive babies can have allergic reactions. 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 (from milk or dairy products you have eaten) that pass from mother to baby in the breast milk. Should this happen, you may be advised to eliminate cows’ milk, dairy products, and all products containing cows’ milk from your diet.

Please talk to a dietitian when eliminating any foods from your diet in order to be sure you - and your baby - are getting all the vital nutrients to stay healthy.

If your child shows allergic symptoms while being exclusively breast-fed, the ideal solution is to avoid foods containing cows' milk proteins but still carry on breastfeeding. If you have any questions or concerns it is important that you ask your healthcare professional.

BREAST MILK IS BEST FOR BABIES. Any decision to introduce a formula feed should be made following discussions with your Healthcare Professional, after consideration of all feeding options, including breastfeeding.