Living with CMPA

Living with CMPA can be a challenge, but there are solutions for every family.

Here you’ll find allergy-friendly recipes, practical tips and important information to help you when you start complementary feeding and reintroducing dairy.

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CMPA stories

Watch stories from families affected by
CMPA and their experience.

Adriana + Andre, UK.

Meet André, who presented cow's milk allergy symptoms while she was breastfeeding him.

Wandrille + Clemence, France.

Meet baby Wandrille, who was diagnosed at 3 months old with Cow's Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) after suffering from reflux.

Robin + Katrien, Belgium.

Robin began showing symptoms of cow’s milk protein allergy at just 1 month old.

Anne + Kate, Italy.

Kate talks about her baby Anna, who was constipated at 4 months and later diagnosed with cows’ milk allergy.

What other families are asking?

Read answers to commonly asked questions from parents on the CMPA journey.

Yes, it’s actually the most common food allergy in the first year of life. 7 out of every 100 babies are diagnosed with CMPA.

No. There is currently no research to indicate that CMPA is caused by genetics.

Babies and children experience CMPA when their immune system mistakes the proteins found in cow’s milk as a harmful. This then causes an allergic reaction, creating one or more of CMPA’s symptoms.

CMPA can make life a bit more complicated, both for children who are diagnosed and their parents. But millions of children grow up with CMPA, and everyone’s solutions are different. With the right medical support and an imaginative approach to mealtimes, you can find a balance that works for you and your family.

There are two types of immune reaction that cause CMPA symptoms: immunoglobulin (Ig)E-mediated or a non-IgE-mediated. In some instances children experience a combination of the two. If an allergic reaction happens straight away within just a few minutes or hours of ingesting cow’s milk protein, it is probably an IgE-mediated. Delayed reactions that take 48 hours or longer are more likely to be non-IgE-mediated.

Allergy friendly

The following recipes, developed with leading dieticians will help you to prepare milk-free recipes for your child. As you grow in confidence and as your child grows, you may be able to adapt family meals to make them suitable for CMPA.

More support



Get access to helpful information such as food preparation in a nursery/kindergarten and learn how to prepare the right formula product for your child.



Complementary feeding is an exciting time for you and your baby, as you watch your little one progress from a diet of breastmilk/formula milk feeds to eating family meals.



Learn how the introduction differs between IgE and non-IgE mediated allergy and understand the role of the milk ladder and how it works.