July 02, 2015

Q: My baby is allergic to cow's milk and soy. What do you think about goat's milk?

A: Goat's milk can be a very good option for children over 1 with allergies to cow's milk and soy, since it more closely resembles human breast milk and can be easier to digest. (Before their first birthday, babies with milk allergies usually need a hypoallergenic formula, like Enfamil's Nutramigen or Similac's Alimentum.)

However, it's important to talk to your pediatrician before making the switch to goat's milk. It has less folic acid and vitamin B12 than regular milk, so if your doctor feels that goat's milk is the right choice for your baby, he'll probably also prescribe a liquid multivitamin supplement and track your child more closely for signs of anemia, which can happen if children become deficient in these nutrients. Many children with these milk allergies outgrow them by age 3, so your child may not always need to drink goat's milk.

Copyright 2009 Meredith Corporation.

Answered by Parents.com-Team

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