By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


She died as she slept, having finished her last meal like a
good little girl. One baby died, becomming a statistic, and
many thousands more will die this year.

Her parents discovered their lifeless precious little doll
laying limp where once a tiny human lived. Imagining the
moment, I feel like crying. I received this very sad and
tragic letter from my friend, Jenny.

Jenny Matthews ( wrote:

"My best friend's baby died of SIDS in November. She was 4
months old and just introduced to a dairy based infant

 My best friend is desperate to find a reason why her
daughter died. The enigma of SIDS is a bit hard to swallow.

 When I read that dairy products can contribute to SIDS-I
just knew that is what caused it. My heart sunk and I just

 If there is anyway that you could provide more info to me
(or PLEASE point me in the right direction) about the SIDS
and the dairy connection-that would be wonderful.

Thank you so much, Jenny Matthews"

Dear Jenny,

Please share this with your friend. Please send this to
hundreds of people, and ask them in turn to send it to
hundreds more, so that all parents become aware of the risk
of cow's milk proteins for infants.

There are 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

  "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

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

  "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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