What can you use to wean a baby with a cow's milk protein allergy?
Find out where to start with weaning when your baby can’t eat foods containing cow’s milk.
My five-month-old girl has been diagnosed with a cow’s milk protein allergy – just when I was about to wean her. Now I’m not sure where to start – can you help?
This allergy means your daughter can’t eat foods containing cow’s milk – the obvious sources being milk, butter, ice cream, cheese and yogurt. However, cow’s milk protein is also often put in foods including bread, biscuits, cereals and sauces. It will appear under a variety of names, so you’ll need to check labels – your dietitian will have information to help when you shop.
The good news is that your daughter can eat vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, pulses, and starchy foods, so weaning will be no different. Start by offering a small amount of appropriate food and then increase the quantity and frequency as time goes by. Mix breast milk or prescribed formula with foods to make purées if you wish.
Many children grow out of cow’s milk protein allergy and usually they are reevaluated every six to 12 months, so this will probably be done shortly after your daughter is one year old.