Cow's Milk Protein Allergy (or CMPA) is the most common infant food allergy affecting 3% - 7% of infants worldwide.
Cow's Milk Protein Allergy is an immune system response to one or both of the proteins, Casein & Whey.  It is not to be confused with Lactose Intolerance which is the inability to digest the carbohydrate (milk sugar) found in all mammals' milk, including human breast milk.

Welcome!

Symptoms

If you suspect your baby has CMPA, do you know what the symptoms to look out for are? Are you confused by the difference between an allergy and intolerance? What about Lactose Intolerance, IgE allergies and non-IgE allergies? We have tried to cover everything in the simplest terms on our Symptoms page.

Weaning

Weaning can be a stressful time for any baby, but for a baby with CMPA it is even more so! We have created the Weaning page to help you to learn how to introduce foods in a safe and easy way. Our support group is a must for this stage.

Diagnosis

Do you suspect your child has CMPA? Are you struggling to get a diagnosis?
Our Diagnosis page is armed with all the information you might need to help you and your child’s health care professional reach a diagnosis.

"Free From" Foods


The hardest thing about avoiding milk protein is that they're added in to so many foods! Surprisingly there are many dairy and other allergen free foods to be found amongst the "ordinary food" in the supermarket, as well as some excellent alternatives for things like cheese, chocolate and ice-cream, some of which are listed on our Free From Foods page.

Management

Managing an exclusion diet is a challenge! We have brought together all the information you may need and put it on our Management page. You will find downloadable PDF's of ingredients to avoid & links to useful websites (inc. Allergy UK) files. And also links to products to help with the management of the condition.

Recipes

Find adapted recipes, and links to sites where you can find allergy friendly recipes on our Recipes page. If you have adapted or created any of your own recipes that you would like to share, please Contact Us via our web-form.

For every aspect of managing CMPA, and Multiple Food Allergies.

CMPA Support is a small UK charity run by parents, for parents of babies and children with food allergies and intolerances. We understand about the daily struggle of living with food allergies, intolerances and the management of exclusion diets. We're here to help and support you through your journey with childhood food allergies and intolerances, to help make your life a little less lonely, a little less confusing and a lot more fun!

CMPA Support are currently raising funds to create a more comprehensive website, to allow a search function to our "Free From" Food page. We also plan to have a telephone support line, for support and advice from a parent who understands and can offer advice & compassion for your situation. We also have plans for community projects throughout the UK, our aim being to get parents and carers of allergy babies/toddlers and children to have a place to meet, where they can not only share hints and tips about living with allergies, but also find support in knowing they're not alone, whilst their children play, in allergen free safety!

There are many ways you can help us to raise much needed funds, from using the donate button at the top of the page, to simply registering to support us via Easyfundraising.org.uk or by holding your own fundraising event or sponsored sports event!

Please follow our campaigns on Facebook and Twitter.  We endeavour to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news on allergy related topics including the newest "Free From" alternatives to everyday foods such as cheese and chocolate!

     We are raising funds for a variety of community projects, we want to bring the online support we currently provide in to you local community!
CMPA Support at easyfundraising.org.uk
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CMPA Support currently have a range of Facebook Support Groups for parent-to-parent support and advice;


Cows Milk Protein Allergy Support (@CMPAsupport) - General Group


CMPA Support for Breast Feeding


CMPA Support for Weaning


CMPA Support for Reflux


CMPA Support for Recipes and Food Finds


We also have Regional Groups for sharing local food finds, arranging meet ups with other like-minded parents/carers, sharing details of events and meetings within your region, etc.  Links to these groups can be found on the Resources page.



** The advice given by our volunteers, and the members in our groups, are based upon their own personal experience and should never replace that which you are given by your child's health care professional. All the information we provide on this website is accredited by Specialist Paediatric Dietitian Mel Rendall, however this should not replace a medical diagnosis or advice from a Health Care Professional. Please do not undertake any exclusion diets or change your baby’s formula without seeking medical advice first. **

News

Membership is now open for 2015

27th January 2015

 


CMPA Support is a membership charity, by joining CMPA Support you will not only benefit from exclusive member benefits but also gain the right to volunteer for one of the charities many roles which include group and forum administrators.


Also as a charity member you will be entitled to apply to be a charity trustee and vote on important matters which will help us to develop the charity and ensure that we are fulfilling our charitable aims and using the money we raise in the best way possible to benefit our current and future members. Membership costs less than £1 per month, for £10 per year you will receive the following member benefits:


1) Members are invited to join the exclusive member’s only CMPA Support Facebook Group and website forum.

2) An exclusive members CMPA Support logo pin badge.

3) Monthly newsletter.

4) FSA Allergen alert updates.

5) *Members will receive a quarterly Magazine filled with special offers, coupons, recipes, information and support!

6) *A membership card which entitles the barer to exclusive member offers including free entry to CMPA Support Play Groups.

7) ICE cards.

8) Chef Cards.

9) Translation Cards for trips abroad.

10) Ingredient avoidance cards for each allergen affecting the family.

11) Copy of our annual charity report.

12) Right to apply to join the committee, attend the charity AGM and volunteer for the charity.


*Some of the benefits mentioned above will only become available when enough members have joined CMPA Support. The benefits are provided by third parties once a certain number of members join.

CMPA Support groups are only available in selected towns and cities at this time, more will become available as the foundation grows and more funds are raised.


If you would like to join the CMPA Support charity, please print the application form or request a copy by post by sending an email to info@cmpasupport.org.uk .

Complete and return with the correct membership fees to the address provided.


Please allow up to 6 weeks for delivery of your membership pack.


By joining CMPA Support you will also gain the right to volunteer for the charity in a variety of roles from support group admin to website editor, we will be recruiting throughout 2015 and we would like to fill our staff with like minded parents who understand the daily struggle of living with food allergies. If you have an interest in volunteering for the charity and/or joining the committee please remember to state this on your member application form.

Labelling Law Changes on December 13th 2014

18th November 2014

From December 13th 2014 there are changes to the law coming into effect about how allergens are identified on packaged food products.
New labels must emphasise the allergen within the ingredients list, products will no longer be allowed to state that a product "Contains .. (xyz).." In stead the allergens must be clearly identified within the ingredients list.
Food businesses can choose how they emphasise the allergens, for example making them BOLD, italic, underlined, or highlighted.

Currently foods purchased without packaging or upon a customer’s request, in supermarkets, deli's, cafes and restaurants, including schools & child care providers, don’t have to provide information about food allergens.

This will change from 13th December 2014.


From this date, information about any of the 14 major allergens used as ingredients will need to be provided for all foods sold or provided by schools & child care providers. The information can be kept in a file, printed on the back of the menus, or simply relayed to the consumer verbally, as long as the information is upto date and correct, it doesn't matter how it is displayed.

CMPA Support have put together an easy to understand presentation to help Nurseries, Schools and childminders to prepare for the change, and to understand the importance of effectively managing the allergies of the children in their care.

You can download a PDF version of the presentation by clicking the button below.

If you would like to order a copy of the digital presentation and additional files and templates please send an email to cowsmilkallergy@gmail.com

NB: The presentation is aimed at schools and childcare providers, however it will also be helpful to owners of small businesses, the document is free for anyone who wishes to use it.
easyfundraising.org.uk

An easy way to raise funds!

Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for CMPA Support?


That’s right - over 2,400 well known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic and many more, will donate a percentage of what you spend to CMPA Support when you shop with them, via fundraising website easyfundraising.org.uk


An Easy Way To Raise Funds

It’s like nectar but instead of earning points, each purchase generates a donation. So instead of going directly to a retailer’s website, go to easyfundraising first and choose the retailer you want to shop with – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a free donation for CMPA Support. It’s completely free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more.

On average, each retailer will donate 5% of the cost of your shopping - and those donations soon mount up!

So whatever you need to buy, from your weekly grocery shop or fashion must-have, to your business travel, office supplies or mobile phone, buy it via easyfundraising and raise money for CMPA Support at no extra cost to you.

Please register to support us when you shop online - http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/cmpasupport

Allergy Adventures, for Kids!

Our friends at Allergy Adventures sent us a copy of "My Zoo Adventure (dairy free)" so we could let you know what we thought.

It is a wonderful adventure featuring Didge, who has milk allergy. She opens her magic lunchbox and goes on an exciting magical journey to "Munch Zoo."

Along the way she introduces herself to the other characters by telling them she has milk allergy, but she still has lots of fun eating dairy free foods along the way.

It's a lovely read, aimed at young children, but also perfect for reading to a very young child. Niamh (aged 3yrs), daughter of CMPA Supports founder Jolene, enjoyed looking for the hidden dairy items within the illustrations, and celebrated the fact she found them lurking on the pages!

The story helps children to understand the importance of eating safe foods, and also the importance of telling others about their allergies before accepting any food, in a fun and positive way.

The books are also free of the top 14 allergens, making them perfect for children with multiple allergies too!

Didge isn't alone in the world of allergies, there are characters for the top 8 allergens and stories coming soon. Follow the Allergy Adventures Facebook page for details of when their adventures begin, and visit www.allergyadventures.com for more details and just for kids fun!

My Zoo Adventure is available to buy on Amazon, - don't forget to register to support CMPA Support via Easy Fundraisng and claim a donation for us from your purchase!