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Byline: Dr Nick Simons

Q Can I get baby milk on prescription? A friend of mine has been getting her baby milk from her doctor for the last six months, as her baby was diagnosed as lactose intolerant and needs soya milk. We chose to give our child soya-based milk because we are firm vegetarians, can we get it from our doctor?

A No, medical advice is strongly in favour of breast feeding which largely gets around the problems of cow's milk intolerance and parental dietary preferences.

GPs can prescribe soya-based substitute milks to those with proven medical need for them, but the costs of food supplements and milks are a significant burden on the health drugs budget, so it is important that they go only to those people with genuine health problems.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 3, 2008
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