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Avoiding cow’s milk

Treatment of cow’s milk protein allergy involves excluding all forms of milk, dairy products and all foods with milk-containing ingredients.

Milk is an important source of many nutrients including energy, protein, fat, calcium, Vitamins B12, B2 (Riboflavin) and Vitamin A. These are all important for growth and health. Calcium is especially important for developing and maintaining strong bones in children and adults.

Avoiding cow’s milk can be difficult and should be done in consultation with a registered dietitan. Information about label reading, alternative foods and milks is needed to ensure nutrient needs are provided for growth of the infant and child, for the breastfeeding mother and adults. Advice on calcium supplements may also be required.