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Milk-Free For Breast Feeding Mothers
A guide to being milk free when breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding a baby with allergies, you may be
advised to avoid eating the offending food, as there may be traces of
the food protein in the breast milk. One of the most common food
allergen for an infant is cow’s milk. Thank goodness that about 80% of
children out-grow their milk allergy by the age of three or four.
Suggestions to try:
Trial a milk-free diet for 1-2 weeks.
If you do not see any improvement go back to your usual
It may be helpful to keep a simple food diary, recording
any symptoms your baby may experience.
If there is a family history of allergies it is best to
exclusively breastfeed and to delay introducing solids until
your baby is six months old.
Your baby should avoid milk, soy and eggs until she/he
is a year and peanuts until three year’s of age.
It is important when following a milk-free diet that you
include other foods that contain calcium and protein.
Foods rich in calcium choose at least three servings of a milk
alternative, such as 1 cup enriched soy milk, enriched rice milk, ½ cup
of soy yogurt or ½ cup soy ice cream.
To have a good intake of protein choose at least two
servings from meat and meat alternative group. These include
lean meats, chicken, eggs, cooked dried beans or lentils.
Avoiding Milk and Milk Products
Milk and milk products appear in many forms.
When you are shopping you
need to avoid the
Margarine containing milk solids
with milk solids
There are many foods that can replace
milk and milk products Such as!
Soy milk, Tofu, fruit sorbet, soy ice cream, Milk free margarine.
Tips to Follow
Be particularly careful when choosing margarine.
Be careful of foods such as biscuits, puddings, sauces and
soups… as they may contain milk.
Always read labels !!!
Plan your meals and bring a well pre-thought-out food
list to the food market.
Your calcium needs are very high: It can be difficult
meeting your daily calcium requirement if you are avoiding milk
and milk products.
Usually a breastfeeding woman on a milk-free diet will
require a calcium supplement
Recommended daily allowances is a range from 1000