Cows Milk Protein: The Baby’s Intolerant

The back story behind her cows milk protein allergy is that she was diagnosed at 1 week old. The early diagnosis was due to her brother having the same milk allergy (or cows milk protein allergy as it’s well known) and she showed the same signs instantly, and fairly worse. These symptoms were being aggressively sick (literally projectile vomit, similar to the exorcist) and breaking out in a rash across her face and any place on her body that dairy foods touched. There were a few times her face swelled up so severely she couldn’t fully open her eyes. I would share pictures but they were quite upsetting (and only taken for doctors use).

We were assured she’d grow out of the allergy and were given the most disgusting formula milk for her to have in the meantime. 6 months came and she was definitely not ready for any foods with milk. Now we’re at the year mark and her tolerance is slightly increasing. She can eat a cube of cheese without being sick (unless she eats the entire bowl of cheese at playgroup), a fish pie made with a splash of milk and she’s licked clean her brothers yoghurt pot. I still can’t see her being able to go full force on the dairy for the forseeable future, but the small amounts she’s tolerating is looking promising.

The milk she had, which milk babies with a cows milk protein allergy are prescribed, is called Nutramigen. It smells foul and tastes awful. In the phase of our never-ending night-feeds I accidentally drank some, thinking it was water. Which is weird because a milk bottle is nothing like a glass of water. I regretted that mistake quite quickly and hugged my babe that little bit tighter, knowing the awful stuff she had to drink (not that she knew any different).

The one thing we’ve discovered is that she’s not allergic to Soya. We were told that Soya products were similar to dairy products. I’m not sure of the scientific side of it, all I absorbed from it was that Soya was off limits.

Soya was off limits, until I tried it with her. Not a single sign of being allergic, hurrah! So we stocked up on the yoghurts, the bread, the cheese and the milk. Which lead to my jaw hitting the floor at how ridiculously expensive it all is.

Since Soya could be classed as a specialist food, this makes it easy for shops to double the price of what you’d pay for the standard dairy version. And if we’re being honest, it’s not that tasty, like, double the price tasty. I sneer each time I put the pricey yoghurts and milk into the trolley. I huff when my daughter will leave some and it has to be THROWN AWAY.

Without sugar-coating it, it’s a pain that she has a milk allergy (supposedly something she’s slowly growing out of). Anything with dairy in has to be given with caution. She can’t be given a cream cheese sandwich, a large lump of cheese with lunch, normal cows milk in a bottle like her brother or a pot of yoghurt which is less than half the price of soya yoghurts, for double the quantity. It’s also a shame that she’s not been able to fully enjoy the deliciousness that can come from dairy. It’s all a bit fidgety, but we will buy the soya yoghurts and ride the wave of milk intolerance until she’s comfortably outgrown it (if she will).


Someone once said that having a cows milk protein allergy just isn’t practical in the western world. Which is very wise words and an unfortunate thing for those who suffer with it.

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