FACT: If someone has an allergy to cow’s milk, they may also be allergic to milk from other animals.
Since the proteins in cow’s milk are similar to those found in milk from animals like goats, sheep and buffalo, there tends to be a high “cross-reactivity” which can result in allergic symptoms.
This is particularly the case for goat’s milk: an estimated 9 out of 10 people allergic to cow’s milk are also allergic to goat’s milk. Not everyone with a cow’s milk allergy is allergic to goat’s milk, but most are. If you have a milk allergy, talk to your allergist before having other animal-based milk that is not part of your regular diet.
Learn about milk allergy, including possible sources of milk, how to avoid milk, and what you can do to be allergy-aware.