Alimentum® is an eHF that is prescribed for babies with mild-to-moderate CMA. It can be started from birth and does not need to be switched at 6 monthsLearn more
Exclusive breastfeeding is considered the gold standard for feeding babies for the first 6 months of life.1 For those mothers who are unable to exclusively breastfeed, there are multiple formulas available that can be given instead.2
For babies with CMA, hypoallergenic formulas are the recommended alternative to cow’s and mother’s milk.2 These formulas will not cause an allergic reaction in most babies with CMA.
The different types of formula are:
Extensively hydrolysed formula (eHF)
The proteins in these formulas are broken down into small fragments, which do not cause allergic reactions in most babies with CMA3
Amino acid-based formula (AAF)
These formulas contain the tiny building blocks of protein (amino acids), which are not recognised by the body and will not cause allergic reactions in babies with CMA3
AAF: amino acid-based formula; CMA: cow’s milk allergy; eHF: extensively hydrolysed formula.
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1. WHO. Infant and young child feeding. Available at: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/infant-and-young-child-feeding (accessed January 2021)
2. Fox A, et al. Clin Transl Allergy. 2019;9:40.
3. Kids with Food Allergies. Formula options for infants and Toddlers with food allergies. Available at: https://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/formula-options-for-infants-with-food-allergies.aspx (accessed January 2021).