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Can I drink cow's milk while breastfeeding?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

While it is generally safe, there are a few uncommon allergic reactions that babies can have to dairy products in the maternal diet.
Evaluating your baby's overall level of fussiness after breast-feeding may give you a clue if they're tolerating it well, and blood in your baby's stool is a red flag to stop all dairy products.

In brief: Yes

While it is generally safe, there are a few uncommon allergic reactions that babies can have to dairy products in the maternal diet.
Evaluating your baby's overall level of fussiness after breast-feeding may give you a clue if they're tolerating it well, and blood in your baby's stool is a red flag to stop all dairy products.
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Certainly, although some babies appear to react with fussiness and gas when mom drinks cow's milk .
This is easily proven by a trial of dairy withdrawal in mom's diet and a rechallenge.

In brief: Yes

Certainly, although some babies appear to react with fussiness and gas when mom drinks cow's milk .
This is easily proven by a trial of dairy withdrawal in mom's diet and a rechallenge.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Most babies tolerate maternal cow's milk consumption without difficulty.
This is one convenient source of calcium for a nursing mother.

In brief: Yes

Most babies tolerate maternal cow's milk consumption without difficulty.
This is one convenient source of calcium for a nursing mother.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

If a breastfeeding mom was able to drink cow-milk in the past, then she should be fine drinking cow-milk while breastfeeding.

In brief: Yes

If a breastfeeding mom was able to drink cow-milk in the past, then she should be fine drinking cow-milk while breastfeeding.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Yes

You may keep a regular diet at all times while breastfeeding.
Drinking cow's milk may be a problem if your baby has a milk protein allergy. See your pediatrician if your baby has feeding problems or you see blood in the bowel movement.

In brief: Yes

You may keep a regular diet at all times while breastfeeding.
Drinking cow's milk may be a problem if your baby has a milk protein allergy. See your pediatrician if your baby has feeding problems or you see blood in the bowel movement.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

That is if your baby does not show any signs of a cow's milk protein allergy.
If your baby is growing well without any symptoms of illness, you should be fine. If your baby develops blood or mucus in the stools- or severe rash, vomiting, or diarrhea, you may want to consult your pediatrician as those could be signs of a milk protein allergy.

In brief: Yes

That is if your baby does not show any signs of a cow's milk protein allergy.
If your baby is growing well without any symptoms of illness, you should be fine. If your baby develops blood or mucus in the stools- or severe rash, vomiting, or diarrhea, you may want to consult your pediatrician as those could be signs of a milk protein allergy.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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