For generations now, cows have been regarded as the major source of milk in our diets, not only in the liquid form but in the multitude of other foodstuffs containing milk or its by-products.
However, with increasing evidence, studies show that as many as 7.5% of all babies born develop a hypersensitivity to cows' milk, generally known as Cows' Milk Allergy (CMA). Although CMA is more easily detected in young babies (before weaning) it is not confined to this age group. Many children do not grow out of their allergies and are therefore afflicted all their lives. For a large number of adults everyday problems relating to skin disorders, respiratory problems, gastric upsets and migraine are generally not considered to be related to cows' milk but are later diagnosed to be symptoms of CMA.
As a result, alternative sources of milk must be found - thus the increasing interest in and demand for goats' milk and related products.
The most common symptoms evident in babies suffering from CMA are: