Research: Give Babies Some Cow's Milk

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For all the virtues of breast-feeding, it might be a good idea to give babies just a little bit of cow's milk in the first 15 days of life.

The CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University say it may protect them from a dangerous milk allergy later on.

According to the network, this flies in the face of authorities for Health Canada (the department of the Canadian government responsible for national public health) who recommend breast-feeding exclusively for the first six months of life.

Nonetheless, the CBC reports, researchers found babies exposed to cow's milk in baby formula in the first 15 days after birth seemed to be protected from developing an allergy to milk protein later in life.

Researchers tracked 13,019 babies. They found the babies were 19 times more protected from cow's milk protein allergy -- or CMPA -- than babies who consumed formula after the first 15 days.

CMPA can cause skin rashes, respiratory issues and, in very rare cases, shock and death in babies.

Researchers' conclusions are in the July issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Related: Breast-Feeding Could Save Lives and Money, Research Finds

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