Cows milk?!?!?!?!?

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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When is it okay to start giving you baby regular cows milk? My son is breastfed my milk production is starting to slow down alot and i dont know what to do about it i would rather have him on formula its just...not quite in the budget i will try to keep breastfeeding as i dont really want to stop just yet but would still like to know what age is okay to start them on cows milk?

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Rebecca - posted on 02/23/2010

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It is after the 1st borthday unless advised by your child's Dr. My son wasn't able to hold down breastmilk or formula and at 9 months we were told to change him over slowly and he stopped throwing up and gaining weight. Talk to you Dr if he's had any issues but generally it's 1yr. It can cause allergies as well and milk will add to the same price as formula in the long run. You don't save money when they go on cow's milk. Right now my son is 2.5yrs old and we need 12liters of milk every 2 weeks at least and our daughter is 7 months old and we use 2 cans of formula every 2 weeks. It works out to about the same price. Don't think you can't afford it. Think how much he needs to drink,6-8ozs every feed and do the math from there.

Paige - posted on 02/23/2010

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from babycenter.com
Why do experts recommend waiting to introduce cow's milk until a baby is 12 months old?
There are several reasons to delay the introduction of cow's milk until your baby reaches his first birthday. Most important, a baby's digestive system can't digest cow's milk proteins. Cow's milk also has too much sodium, potassium, and chloride, which can tax your baby's kidneys.

Even if his system could handle it, cow's milk doesn't have all the vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin E, zinc, and iron) that he needs for growth and development in his first year. Giving a baby cow's milk could even cause iron deficiency and internal bleeding. And it can increase his risk of an allergic reaction.

Once your baby's digestive system is ready to digest it, though, milk becomes a powerful ally. A great source of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin A, milk will build your toddler's bones and teeth and help his body regulate his blood coagulation and muscle control. Almost all milk is fortified with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb the calcium it needs.

Milk also provides protein for growth, as well as carbohydrates, which will give your child the energy he needs to toddle all day! And if your child gets enough calcium from the get-go, there's evidence that he'll have a lower risk of high blood pressure, stroke, colon cancer, and hip fractures later in life.

Paige - posted on 02/23/2010

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ask your ped's, but if I recall, not until AFTER 1yr, your baby doesn't have the enzymes in the belly to digest milk yet. Breast or formula til 12mo.

Natasha - posted on 02/23/2010

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According to my parents' handbook from the government, it states that cow's milk can be introduced between 9-12 months.

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