I can appreciate that the interpretation of food labels can be a chore but let’s look at it with positive eyes. At least the food industry is now legally entitled to state which allergens are present in foods. These are usually highlighted in bold. Milk is in virtually all cheeses, butters, creams and yogurts. For the Milk-Allergic Infant ( better known as cow’s milk protein allergy in the medical world) please look out for the following ingredients:
Milk, skimmed milk, milk solids, non-fat milk solids, modified milk, skimmed milk powder, casein, hydrolysed casein, caseinates, whey, hydrolysed whey, whey syrup, lactose, milk sugar, hydrolysed milk sugar, butter, cream, cheese, yogurt, milk fat, cheese powder, margarine, buttermilk, ghee.
Is Lactose Free ok to use?
Let’s consider the lactose free range for a moment. When something is lactose free it literally means free from lactose and lactose is a milk sugar. The cause of milk allergy is due to the protein in milk and not the sugar. Therefore you are best to avoid lactose free milks and products since it could cause a reaction in your baby.
Lactose has also been used in medications so ask your doctor and pharmacist for the best suitable option for your milk-allergic child.
May Contain Food Label
In my opinion this ‘May Contain’ food label has contributed to more confusion and stress then necessary. It is basically a method in which the food industry protects themselves. You should not worry about this.
So how do you know if you baby suffers with cow’s milk protein allergy?
Download ‘My Baby’s Self-Assessment’ here
The questions are useful to help you think more about your baby’s symptoms and thereby empower you for when you speak to a professional such as your GP or dietitian for further help and advice.
If you want immediate help and advice then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on +447825750040. I provide immediate help including diagnosis and the appropriate prescription of a hypoallergenic formula if deemed appropriate.
If you are breastfeeding, then I will help you to eliminate the food triggering symptoms in your baby and at the same time making sure your diet and nutrition is optimal for you and your baby’s healthy development.
Please note that this information neither is medical advice, nor is it meant to replace the advice of your doctor or dietitian and I assume no liability for the use or misuse of this information.