The simplified answer is, No, your baby cannot be allergic to your breastmilk. Instead, however, your baby can possibly be allergic or sensitive to a protein in mom’s milk due to something in mom’s diet. In the rare instances this occurs, the most common culprit is cow’s milk (ice cream, cheese, smoothies, etc.) While this occasionally true, the chances are slim, because only between 2% and 8% of babies are actually allergic to the small trace amount of protein in mom’s milk. For a baby who’s ONLY on mom’s milk, the risk is only 0.5% for the proteins in cow’s milk and 0.7% for proteins in soy. What you should know is that in some studies, the small amount of proteins in mom’s milk is actually helping the baby be allergy free by introducing these trace amounts over time. So, in conclusion, food allergies in breastfed babies are rare and usually due to substances passing into mom’s breast milk and not to breastmilk itself.
Can my baby be allergic to my breastmilk?
About the Author: Dr. Summit Shaw
Allergy doctor Summit Shah, MD specializes in allergy diagnosis and treatment that affect both adults and children, including drug allergies, hay fever, asthma, venom allergies, sinus disease, and more. Dr. Shah founded the Allergy Department at the Chalmers P. Wylie VA in Columbus, OH, where he is still an active member of the staff. Dr. Shah also actively practices at Dublin Methodist Hospital, Nationwide Children’s’ Hospital, Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, and Riverside Hospital. His areas of interest are pediatric food allergies and eczema. Dr. Shah, a Columbus native, graduated as valedictorian from Bishop Watterson High School before attending Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s with Honors. A Buckeye through and through, he stayed at OSU for medical school. After earning his MD from the College of Medicine at Ohio State, Dr. Shah underwent a residency program in Boston as well as a fellowship training program at the renowned Scripps Clinic in San Diego, CA, where he trained under acclaimed experts in allergy and immunology. An allergy doctor by profession, Dr. Shah also enjoys cheering on the Buckeyes, golfing, and scuba diving. Dr Shah resides in Columbus with his wife, who is a graduate of Dublin Coffman high school and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. They have two daughters, Saanvi and Saaya.