Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants. It’s the first choice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and healthcare professionals around the world.
Some children can have an allergic reaction to dairy, soy, and other food proteins passed along in their mother’s breast milk. The good news is that under close medical supervision, you may be able to continue breastfeeding your child, while on a food elimination diet.
In a common elimination diet, the lactating mother removes all dairy and soy protein from her diet. It’s important for the mother and baby to get the nutrition needed, so an elimination diet should only be tried under the supervision of a doctor and/or dietitian.
Avoiding dairy and soy proteins is challenging as they are found in many foods. The following are a few examples of foods that may contain dairy or soy ingredients:
- Nutrition bars
- Fortified cereals
- Salad dressing
- Any product with whey or casein on the label
- “Lactose-free” products
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If you try an elimination diet and your baby still displays food allergy symptoms while being exclusively breastfed, or if you are not able to get enough nutrition yourself, your doctor may recommend an amino acid-based formula such as Neocate for your baby.
Neocate is based on 100% free amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Your child’s body is able to easily digest and absorb these simple building blocks to grow. In comparison, milk- and soy-based formulas, even when broken down (hydrolyzed), still contain partial protein chains to which sensitive children can react.