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NOW CLOSED Do you suspect you or your DC has a milk or dairy intolerance? Try a2 Milk for free - a new, entirely natural type of British cows' milk and give your feedback to win a £100 JL voucher

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Oct-12 15:54:14

a2 Milk are looking for 50 MNers who feel they or their DC may have an issue with milk/dairy products to try out their new natural milk and give their feedback on MN. Below is some info from a2 Milk on what makes it different:

"While most cows' milk contains both A1 and A2 proteins, all natural a2 Milk comes from specially selected cows that produce milk containing only the A2 protein. A1 product digests differently to A2 protein and has been linked with a range of symptoms associated with digestive function. Those of us who experience some form of digestive discomfort from the consumption of milk (bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and/or constipation) may well react to this A1 protein rather than the lactose or other milk protein as it is often assumed. Hence a2 Milk is the natural answer to a question of A1 Milk protein intolerance. a2 Milk has proved very popular in Australia where thousands of milk consumers have made the switch and seen an improvement as a result."

This product test isn't for everyone though - we're looking for a very specific group of MNers. To take part you/your DC must:

~ Have had some kind of issue, or suspected issue to do with milk or dairy products in the past year, but...
~ NOT have been diagnosed as lactose intolerant by a healthcare professional (GP, Dietitian, Nutritionist)
~ NOT have been diagnosed as milk allergic by a healthcare professional (GP, Dietitian, Nutritionist)
~ Be able to get to one of the stores listed here to collect your bottles of a2 Milk

If you're at all concerned about whether or not you should take part in this product test, then please consult a healthcare professional before signing up. Just to be really clear, if you or your DC has a confirmed, medically diagnosed milk allergy or lactose intolerance, please do not apply.

If you're interested in taking part, please click here to sign up. Please make sure you answer all the questions in the sign up survey so we know whether or not you're eligible to take part.

Everyone who is selected to take part will be sent vouchers to purchase 2 litre bottles of a2 Milk worth £1.99. You will then be asked to give your feedback on a thread on MN. Please note your comments may be used by a2 in future marketing campaigns.

Thanks
MNHQ

fuzzpig Wed 17-Oct-12 16:57:49

OMG! Perfect timing for me. DS (3) has horrible eczema and we are at our wits' end with it, poor boy is not getting any better even with wet wrapping etc sad

Just recently SIL suggested he may have a problem with milk, she'd seen an episode of something (food doctor?) with a boy very similar... we have been wondering if we should try cutting it out or substituting it.

fuzzpig Wed 17-Oct-12 17:05:30

My doctor also suggested I try cutting out milk due to the pain I'm in, she didn't test or anything though. So it'd be me and DS trying it.

Pascha Wed 17-Oct-12 17:16:58

I would but my nearest store is 15 miles away.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-Oct-12 17:17:55

So just to clarify - they are producing a product for people who have a "lifestyle" milk intolerance, but it is not suitable for those with a genuine diagnosed allergy/intolerance.

What exactly is the point of this product?

fuzzpig Wed 17-Oct-12 17:24:18

I assumed it is for people with a diagnosed problem too, but for the test they want undiagnosed people who haven't yet fully cut out dairy, to see if it makes a difference to them? Or something confused

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-Oct-12 17:42:47

From the a2 website:

"a2 Milk is not suitable for anyone who has been diagnosed with a milk allergy or lactose intolerance"

fuzzpig Wed 17-Oct-12 17:45:09

Oh! blush Hadn't seen that... bizarre!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 17-Oct-12 17:46:25

Ok, have read more carefully, is if you are intolerant to the particular protein...

I think it's more that they don't want to risk anyone with a diagnosed milk allergy trying their product and having a bad reaction - understandable really.

silverfrog Wed 17-Oct-12 18:11:30

yes, it is the protein that is the difference here, hence no good for lactose intolerant people.

I will ask dh later if hewants to try it out - he has a casein issue, as does dd1. we already know the a2 route is no good for dd1 (she cannot tolerate it and have tried goat/sheep/buffalo too), but dh might be interested.

FannyFifer Wed 17-Oct-12 18:13:54

This would be perfect test for both my children, DS has asthma & mild excema, DD has excema, they eat small amounts of dairy but I have found drinking cows milks or too much other dairy can exacerbate symptoms.
They drink alternative milk, oat, rice, almond etc so this would be an interesting experiment.
Neither are diagnosed with any allergy etc.

noisytoys Wed 17-Oct-12 18:41:45

DD is diagnosed milk allergy. No good for us then sad

mamij Wed 17-Oct-12 19:54:51

Done. DD2 had terrible eczema when I was eating dairy (cleared up since I became dairy free). Am a little worried in case DD2's eczema flares up again! Dermatologist doesn't think eczema is
Food related (!) so has suggested we 'challenge' her by introducing dairy into her diet - seems a bit cruel!

Lougle Wed 17-Oct-12 20:32:48

Umm...can I ask just how people will be able to give meaningful feedback after consuming just 2 litres of the product? hmm

I can't imagine how any meaningful feedback can be obtained from such a short trial of a different dairy product.

I guess the only way of doing so would be to continue to purchase the milk once the vouchers have been used. So, I won't join, because it seems a bit like a marketing campaign to me. Let's face it, they've practically bought themselves an advertising campaign for £100.

curmit Wed 17-Oct-12 20:45:10

fuzzpig please go to your GP and ask to be referred to allergy clinic! That programme really upset us, our DS is severely allergic to milk, and would have been experiencing the reactions they showed in that little boy on the programme if he was ingesting milk. It was so upsetting to see, when their GP could have taken action long before and helped to make things better.

fuzzpig Wed 17-Oct-12 21:54:40

Thanks curmit. His dermatologist is convinced it is not an allergic type, although she did get him tested for airborne allergens (which only came back as a very mild reaction with dust) and doesn't want to do any food tests - but we will push again. He was BF until turning 2 so never really drank any large volume of cows milk to see an obvious reaction, but has it on cereal/in cheese etc, and when I think about it, he didn't have eczema as young baby (like I did), it was towards his first birthday that it started getting bad, when he was eating more food... hmm. sad

mamij Wed 17-Oct-12 22:12:43

fuzzpig do we have the same dermatologist?. Why do they feel food isn't eczema related?! DD2 had such bad eczema it became raw and infected. Once I stopped eating dairy myself, her eczema cleared up (ebf until weaning). Dermatologist still not convinced it's dairy related!

curmit Wed 17-Oct-12 22:36:33

We saw a dermatologist at children's hospital, regularly, for a long time before we ever got referred to allergy clinic. They never suggested we cut out any food groups. They only suggest methods to improve, that are to do with skincare, as that is their specialist field. It took me nearly two years to get referred to the allergy clinic (It's actually called the chest clinic - for asthma allergies and so on) I took in the details of a doctor at a London hospital that a work colleague had recommended, and THEN all of a sudden GP suggested we could be refererred locally. Insist on a referral. The eczema docs, although very good at what they do, are not food allergy specialists. Hopefully it will come back as a negative result for you, but you should be given the option of a test. Good luck! x

seeker Wed 17-Oct-12 22:58:16

I do feel a littiehmm that mumsnet is giving credibility to this- it looks to the untrained eye to be bullshit rather than cow's milk..........

ouryve Wed 17-Oct-12 23:59:45

I saw something about this about 5-6 years ago on the lactose free clearinghouse blog. The supposed benefits are putative - much like those of goats milk which has very similar proteins to cows milk and still contains lactose.

I have a self diagnosed by deduction lactose intolerance, as does DS1. We manage it with a combination of milk substitutes and lactofree, which leave space for those nice junk foods that contain lactose anyway. Testing this stuff could say for me "it's definitely the lactose" and justify the raised eyebrow induced aches and pains.

seeker Thu 18-Oct-12 12:10:04

And what exactly does "all natural" mean?

babybarrister Thu 18-Oct-12 13:29:35

Aaa regular on the allergy boards together with many others, my bullshit detector is on high alert with this ...

It is all very well and good MN saying don't user it if you have a diagnosed allergy but as many of us know,getting a diagnosis is half the problem ....

Personally - and I am not a doctor but someone with a DS who is anaphylactic to all dairy- I would have thought this product would be useful to very, very few people but possibly dangerous to very many more - MN this was NOT a responsible decision to take if you have not run it by the major allergy organisations such as the Anaphylaxis campaign and Allergy UK - what was their view as a matter of interest?

MrsMarigold Thu 18-Oct-12 13:38:33

I suspect my DC2 might have a dairy allergy, DC1 does and Dc2 has some but not all the same symptoms - no blood in poo or mucus but v bad nappy rash which DC1 had too and horrendous skin - DC2 is only 1 month - I don't fancy going dairy free while breast feeding so I'd give it a shot pick up is available from my local shop.

Done, really looking forward to this as my eczema gets on my last nerve!! Would be good to have an alternative dairy product smile

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