Allergies or intolerances can develop in people of any age, for various reasons. But, when your baby is a new born, the nutrition they receive can affect how likely they are to develop certain types of allergies.
Cow’s milk protein is the leading cause of food allergy in babies and children under three years of age. Rates vary by region, but it is estimated that cow’s milk protein allergy affects 2-3% of the infant population worldwide.
“Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended as one of the best ways to reduce the chances of your baby developing an allergy to cow’s milk protein,” explains Laura Czerkies, MS, RD, Clinical Sciences Manager and Nutritionist at Nestlé Infant Nutrition. “The protective effect of breastfeeding for infants with a family history of allergy appears particularly strong.”
Talk to your healthcare provider if you suspect your baby might be allergic to cow’s milk protein.
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Fleischer DM, Spergel JM, Assa’ad AH et al. Primary prevention of allergic disease through nutritional interventions. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2013; 1(1):29-36.
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