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Article with doctor recommending 1 daily bottle of formula for breastfed babies

post #1 of 9
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I don't know if this has already been posted or not, but here's more research saying that a cow milk allergy could be avoided if a baby is given cow milk once a day from birth.  I see that advice as possibly having a bad effect on a new mom's supply.

 

http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/cows-milk-may-reduce-baby-milk-intolerance-100901-0301/

 

 

 

post #2 of 9

I think it's more sad that these researchers believe it is so important to avoid cows milk allergy that they would be willing to sacrifice other benefits of breastfeeding, especially when only a small percentage of the population has this issue in the first place.  Cows milk isn't a natural part of the human diet in the first place, for people of any age.  Does it really matter if a child is allergic to milk later on? 

post #3 of 9

Why couldn't the mother just consume milk and continue to breastfeed? My second LO was allergic to milk (and more) and would  definitely react to my consumption of dairy.

This seems like bad advice to me.

post #4 of 9

Interesting.  I've been reading various blog posts trying to tear the study apart, but honestly their arguments are a bit thin.

 

Personally, I don't think that the small chance of a milk allergy is worth introducing a bottle of formula a day over.  And I don't think it's responsible advice at all.

 

I do have to admit, however, that I'm glad that research into food allergies seems to be picking up speed.  I know so many kids who are affected by life threatening allergies, and really scientists know remarkably little about it.  It's scary how little is understood about something that could so easily kill certain people!  I think that a lot of the allergy studies that are being conducted have to do with the timing of introduction.  I hope that this study isn't used to push formula, but I also hope that it's used to add to our understanding about food allergies.

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I think it's more sad that these researchers believe it is so important to avoid cows milk allergy that they would be willing to sacrifice other benefits of breastfeeding, especially when only a small percentage of the population has this issue in the first place.  Cows milk isn't a natural part of the human diet in the first place, for people of any age.  Does it really matter if a child is allergic to milk later on? 


This is 100% right!  Why are we so possessed to drink the milk of THIS particular mammal?   to the detriment , often times...of drinking the milk we are supposed to drink! 

post #6 of 9

I went to look for the study that shows the average age for outgrowing milk allergy is much later than age two and found this from 2009...

 

In addition, children with milk allergy who ever received baby formula during infancy were also less likely to outgrow milk allergy.

 

http://allergies.about.com/od/fa1/f/outgrowmilk.htm

 

 

 

 

I think I'll just keep on breastfeeding and ignore these studies!!!  Sheepish.gif

 

 

post #7 of 9

I think this is the same study that was discussed here a while ago.  If I'm right, the lead author is sponsored by the Dairy Board (or equivalent, in Israel I think), and the research was less than adequate.

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I think this is the same study that was discussed here a while ago.  If I'm right, the lead author is sponsored by the Dairy Board (or equivalent, in Israel I think), and the research was less than adequate.


 

Well, any time there is research on a subject there must be several studies done with the same result for the scientific community really take it seriously. There are no perfect studies, so multiple and extended research are expected before medical organizations will begin to recommend changes.  If you notice, this looks like a news article, not a publication of new recommended guidelines from a medical organization.

 

What bothers me is the bias written into the article.  Look at this quote, "Some lactation experts still encourage strict breast-feeding for infants". In fact, all lactation experts still encourage strict breast-feeding.  But the way that it is worded, it makes it sound like there are still a few people living in the dark ages who just haven't accepted these new facts.  Really, the only people in this article who *are* recommending change in infant feeding habits are those who conducted the research.  No independent source is being quoted as supporting this idea. 

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I think it's more sad that these researchers believe it is so important to avoid cows milk allergy that they would be willing to sacrifice other benefits of breastfeeding, especially when only a small percentage of the population has this issue in the first place.  Cows milk isn't a natural part of the human diet in the first place, for people of any age.  Does it really matter if a child is allergic to milk later on? 


This is 100% right!  Why are we so possessed to drink the milk of THIS particular mammal?   to the detriment , often times...of drinking the milk we are supposed to drink! 


Thank You!

It makes no since to me for a mother to possibly mess up her supply and cause detriment to babys stomach all so that they can be alright consuming dairy. Other animals milk in our diet is uneccessary.
 

 



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Originally Posted by kythe View Post

I think it's more sad that these researchers believe it is so important to avoid cows milk allergy that they would be willing to sacrifice other benefits of breastfeeding, especially when only a small percentage of the population has this issue in the first place.  Cows milk isn't a natural part of the human diet in the first place, for people of any age.  Does it really matter if a child is allergic to milk later on? 

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