From: "Liedtke, Nancy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Organization: Texas Department of Health
Subject: Re: Milk consumption by breastfeeding moms?
Dayle Hayes wrote:
A local certified lactation consultant is recommending that new nursing moms
stop drinking milk. This is an "across the board" recommendation ~ in others
words, without any evidence of colic, or lactose intolerence, or family
history of particular problems. Just stop drinking milk (and BTW it is ok to
drink pop) ~ at their first out-of-hospital, newborn visit to a private
My apologies for the late response. I don't get to keep up with the
list serve as much as I would like.
I believe it is inappropriate to make an "across the board"
recommendation. This is a popular topic at lactation conferences and
I think it is a mistake when LCs or other breastfeeding
counselors take some of this information and apply it
as a wide spread rule. My fear of doing this is that it is creating
just ONE more barrier to breastfeed. Anyone in the breastfeeding
promotion field knows barriers are what we constantly have to be
breaking down. There are already too many myths about breastfeeding.
The last thing we need to do is start the myth that nursing mothers
can't drink milk. That is feeding right into the existing myth that
a nursing mom has to follow strict dietary guidelines to make good
milk for her baby - untrue!
On the flip side some mom and baby pairs have a problem with cow
milk protein intolerance. The references I know of giving evidence
of cow milk allergy in breastfed babies are: Lifschitz et al.
Anaphylactic shock due to cow's milk protein hypersensitivity in a
breastfed infant. J Ped Gastro Nutr 1988;7(1):141.
Cant et al. Egg and cow's milk hypersensitivity in exclusively
breastfed infants with eczema and detection of egg protein in
breastmilk. Br Med J 1985;291:932.
Sorva et al. Beta Lactoglobulin secretionin human milk varies widely
after cow's milk ingestion in mothers of infants with cow's milk
allergy. J All Clin Immunol 1994;93:787.
Wilson et al. Severe cow's milk induced colitis in an exclusively
breastfed neonate. Clin Ped 1990;29(2):77.
Lake et al. Dietary protein-induced colitis in breastfed infants. J
I also would suggest contacting Le League's Center for Breastfeeding.
They maintain a huge database. You can get them to do a
current reference check on this subject (for a small fee). I believe
their current number is 847-519-7730.
Nutrition advise just like lactation advise needs to be done on a
case by case basis.
Breastfeeding Promotion Nutritionist
Texas Dept. of Health
1100 West 49th Street
Autin, TX 78756
512-406-0744; fax 512-406-0722