Milk and Colic Disease
Cow’s milk is linked to colic.
The Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health defines colic as "an acute paroxysmal abdominal pain, most common during the first 3 months of life …" Parents know it as heart-wrenching crying that can last for hours.
Since the 1970s, numerous studies have shown that colic can be eased by a switch from cow milk based formula to soy milk based formula for bottle fed-babies and by the elimination of all dairy products in the mother's diet for breast-fed infants.
"In a 1998 study funded by the National Institutes of Health, scientists found that taking babies off cow’s milk infant formula resulted in "appreciable decreases" in daily colic outbreaks. Eliminating cow’s milk from the babies' formula resulted in a 69% decrease in crying and 25% decrease in discomfort and fussing. The study offered 3 different hypotheses, which all pointed to cow's milk as the colic cause."
– Acta Paediatr and Kulczyski et al., Washington University School of Medicine, 2000
Depending on what the mother has been eating and drinking, breast milk can cause colic, too. So,
"When consumed by the mother, cow's milk has been linked to colic in babies. A survey of 272 breastfeeding mothers found that when they ate certain foods, their babies tended to be colicky. Cow's milk was among the most common of offenders."
– Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Lust et al., 96 (1996), 46-48
After studying babies afflicted with colic, scientists at the Georgetown University School of Medicine concluded,
"Removal of cow’s milk protein from the diet eliminates colic in 30 percent of infants."
–American Family Physician, December 1989
According to a 1983 study in Pediatrics,
"Sequential analysis showed a high correlation between infantile colic in breast-fed infants and their mothers’ consumption of cow’s milk protein. A diet free of cow’s milk is suggested for the mothers as a first trial of treatment of infantile colic in breast-fed infants."
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