Whey formula may help prevent infants developing allergies

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    Hydrolyzed Whey Formula Protects Babies From Allergies

    A review of studies indicates that hydrolyzed casein or whey formulas, used when breast milk is inadequately produced, may help prevent at-risk infants from developing allergies.

    Treat and Prevent Food Allergies

    Food allergies seem to be on the rise among young children and infants, especially in developed countries. Many children outgrow food allergies, but those who do not often have severe, even life-threatening, reactions.

    Hydrolysate formulas were developed as an alternative to formulas with intact milk or soy proteins, in order to treat infants with food allergies to those substances. They are now also used to prevent allergic disease in high-risk infants.

    Comparison with Cow's Milk and Soy

    For the review, researchers examined more than 20 studies comparing hydrolyzed formulas to breastfeeding, cow's milk, soy-based formulas, or some combination of these products. In most cases, high-risk infants who consumed extensively hydrolyzed casein formulas or partially hydrolyzed whey formulas had a lower rate of food allergy for up to five years after birth than did those fed cow's milk-based formulas.

    In addition, none of the studies found an increased risk of allergy among infants fed any type of hydrolyzed formula.

    Partially hydrolyzed whey formulas tend to be cheaper than casein-based formulas, and also have a taste closer to that of cow milk formula.

    Breast Milk Still Best

    Children with allergies could, however, potentially still react to partially hydrolyzed formulas, and families with a history of allergy should, first and foremost, consider breastfeeding infants for the first 12 months after birth if it is at all possible.

    Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine September 2005; 159 (9): 810-816

    MSNBC September 13, 2005