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Q&A: Baby Allergic To Cows Milk

Dr. Christine Wood, M.D


Q My one-year-old son is very allergic to cow's milk. In fact, he had an anaphylactic reaction because of it. I'm breastfeeding on demand, and I plan to do it until he is two years old. My pediatrician told me that my milk is not enough now, and he needs more milk (he is on the 95th percentile for weight and height, and he is very healthy). She suggested giving him hypoallergenic formula, and I don't like the idea. I wonder if it is really necessary to give him formula in addition to my milk or feeding him a balanced diet would be enough. What is your opinion?

A I would stick with breastfeeding if that is comfortable for you. If your child is receiving 16 ounces of dairy a day, that should be plenty for calcium requirements. If you breastfeed two to three times a day, that should about meet the 16 ounces. You could use rice milk as an alternative to supplement if you need to.

Dr. Christine Wood is a practicing pediatrician in Southern California.

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