ScienceDaily (2010-07-14) -- A researcher in Israel has found that babies who are fed cow milk protein early, in the form of infant formula, seem to be protected from developing an allergy to the same protein later in life.
Many doctors suggest that whole cow's milk be avoided in the early months of an infant's feeding. Lactation specialists go even further, counseling "mother's milk only" until baby starts eating solid food. But new research from Tel Aviv University says that mothers who feed their babies cow's milk in the first 15 days of life may be protecting their children from dangerous allergies later on.
Yitzhak Katz, Nelly Rajuan, Michael R. Goldberg, Eli Eisenberg, Eli Heyman, Adi Cohen, Moshe Leshno. Early exposure to cow's milk protein is protective against IgE-mediated cow's milk protein allergy. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2010; 126 (1): 77 DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2010.04.020