By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


There exist hundreds of studies in the medical literature attesting to the fact that infants who are breast-fed have lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Those performing the research rarely consider the alternative. Is it a component in breast milk that protects infants, or a component in the alternative (cow's milk protein) that triggers the allergic reaction? Cow's milk proteins are very allergenic. For some, the response is anaphylactic. The bronchioles fill with mucous, and breathing becomes difficult. For some infants, it's deadly.

"Breast feeding is known to protect an infant against gastrointestinal pathogens and epidemiological studies indicate that compared to breast fed infants, formula fed infants are at a greater risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome."

Immunol Med Microbiol, 1999 Aug, 25:1-2

"Hypersensitivity to milk is implicated as a cause of sudden death in infancy."

The Lancet, vol. 2, 7160, November 19, 1960

"Those infants who died of SIDS expressed inappropriate or inflammatory responses suggesting violent allergic reactions to a foreign protein. Lung tissue and cells showed responses similar to bronchial wall inflammation in asthma."

The Lancet, vol. 343, June 4, 1994,

"Those who consumed cows milk were fourteen times more likely to die from diarrhea-related complications and four times more likely to die of pneumonia than were breast-fed babies. Intolerance and allergy to cow's milk products is a factor in sudden infant death syndrome."

The Lancet, vol. 344, November 5, 1994

"The three most common milk proteins are casein, beta-lactoglobulin, and alpha-lactalbumin. The correlation between these three cow proteins and childhood allergies is high...a strategy of soy protein as a substitute for cow's milk is suggested."

Pediatr-Med-Chir., September/October, 1994, 16(5)

"Constipation symptoms returned to a controlled group of infants 48 to 72 hours after they were placed on a regimen of cow's milk proteins. Constipation in infants may have an allergic pathogenesis."

Journal of Pediatrics., January, 1995, 126(1)

"Diet has a significant effect on the developing immune system...formula fed babies, at the age of 3 months, were secreting low levels of serum antibodies to cow milk antigens contained in their formula."

Pediatr-Allergy-Immunol., August, 1994, 5(3)

"Formula fed infants developed symptoms of allergic rejection to cow milk proteins before one month of age. The majority of infants tested had two or more symptoms...About 50-70 percent experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60 percent gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30 percent respiratory symptoms. The recommended therapy is to avoid cow's milk."

Pediatr.-Allergy-Immunol., 1994, 5(5 Suppl)

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z

Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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