can i feed my 6mth old baby cows milk

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Krystal - posted on 07/02/2011

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I too am tossing up whether to give my baby cows milk. He is 7 month sand has never settled on any milk given to him since he was bprn, we have tried every milk from normal formula, lactose free, soya, goats milk thickened formulas, breast mil and he has now started to refuse any milk to the point where he struggles to drink one bottle a day he also refuses to drink water but will drink juice sometimes, i am at the stage where i am past worrying about nutrients and worrying more about dehydration so what do people think about cows milk in this case??

Melissa - posted on 04/28/2009

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Infants below the age of one year should not be fed cow milk, goat milk, or soy beverage. These milks are low in iron and differ in the protein composition compared to mothers milk. Since infants depend so much on milk, it is likely that they will develop an iron deficiency if they consume cow, goat or soy beverage. Really, breast feeding or infant formula are the way to go, with breast feeding most superior. The iron in breast milk is highly bio-available and will cover the needs for the infant until about the age of 6 months. After that, the Academy of Pediatricians suggests, infants should be supplemented with iron-fortified infant cereals (such as rice cereal), while ideally breast feeding should be continued until at least the age of one.



Another reason that infants should not be fed cow or goat milk is because of the protein. Breast milk is higher in whey and much lower in casein compared to cow and goat milks. Casein is more difficult to digest than whey and may lead to internal gastrointestinal bleeding, which again, could lead to iron deficiency.



There are also mineral differences among breast milk, cow milk and goat milk. Goat milk, in particular, is low in the B vitamin folic acid.



Soy beverages provide more iron than cow milk. However, soy is deficient in many other key nutrients. Remember, soy is a plant and by no means can be compared to mammal milks, which are complex foods made to grow baby children/animals. The nutritional composition of soy and mammal milks are very different.



At the age of one, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests children can be switched to whole milk. Again, soy beverage is not equivalent to milk and thus should not replace milk in the diet.



Finally, raw milk should not be fed to infants. Raw milk commonly contains food-borne illness-causing microorganisms (pathogens). Even low levels of certain pathogens can cause illness. Since infant immunological systems are not fully developed, they are at greater risk for disease and death than those with developed immune systems.





The following is presented for your information. It is not intended to endorse or discourage the feeding of any product, milk, or formula to infants, children or adults. As with any web site, this site can not stake a claim to all wisdom on the subject covered. Please seek additional sources of information before you change anything in your life based on what you read here or anywhere else on the internet.







Comparing Milk: Human, Cow, Goat & Commercial Infant Formula

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* To compare the milks on a per day basis, /100g values were multiplied by 8 (the average 0-6 month old infant consumes 800 grams of milk/day.

Amanda - posted on 04/29/2009

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yeah not a good idea to take off formula/breast milk for cows milk until 12 months, but it is ok to use cows milk to make their foods for example cheese sauce to accompany veg or pasta, milk on cereals (mine loves weetabix!), and milk in desserts such as yoghurts, angel delight, ice creams etc - just watch the sugar.



mand x

Amber - posted on 04/28/2009

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by the way, if yours is a piggie like mine then they NEED the milk , simple. Milk is meant for fat wchich is what most toddlers need but some babies are needing it earlier on, ANY pediatrician will tell you that *Ahem*

Amber - posted on 04/28/2009

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they say it isntgood until a year but my friends daughter drank it from 3 months on and is perfect, my son started at 9 months. i think 6-9 monthsis a great time is introduce baby to it, like with ice cream samples, yogurt ect then if baby has a reaction you know why. good luck!

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Marti - posted on 04/29/2009

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NO, THEY NEED THE NUTRIENTS TO BUILD THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND IF YOU GIVE THEM MILK NOW THEY ARE MORE SUSEPTABLE TO ALLERGIES, ETC.

At 12 MONTHS YOU CAN START TO SOY OR GOATS MILK IF YOU WANT TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER BEFORE YOU GIVE THEM COWS MILK. PLEASE WAIT TILL 12 MONTHS.

Iris - posted on 04/29/2009

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Please do not give cows milk to your baby. It is very hard to digest, plus you child can get an allergie. If you want to give cows milk please wait until 12months of age, then at first do half water (boiled first,then cool it down to around 40 - 50degrees) then half milk. Here in Switzerland I went for one year regular to a community for mothers called Mutterberatung (mom advicory). They are trained for anything to do with baby and that is what they told me.

Mel - posted on 04/28/2009

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Amber formula has way more calories then cows milk. mine still has to be on formula for weight gain and shes nearly 13 months and havng 5 feeds a day. you can only introduce your baby to cows milk if they are gaining sufficient weight.

Lauran - posted on 04/28/2009

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I would not. When talking to the doctor about weaning she said that if I were to wean around 11 months it would be o.k. to start on whole milk. 6 months is very young. I think the recomended age for cows milk is 12 months.

Mandy - posted on 04/28/2009

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As a nursing student who just completed her OB lectures which teaches the most up to date literature on this subject, the standard reply is no cows milk until 12 months of age. this is mostly due to the fact that the younger your child is the more likely it will upset their lil tummies. as for my own child (6 months old) I wouldn't give her cows milk until at least 10 months of age, but a lil earlier than 12 months shouldn't help. also look how your baby has tolerated other foods as well. it they easily get constipated, or have other GI upsets then i wouldn't recommend it until after a year of age.

Abbie - posted on 04/28/2009

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The answer in general would be NO! I believe there is a protein in Cows milk that babies can't digeste until they are closer to a year. Why would you want to so early? Is it the cost of formula? If you are lower income you should qualify for WIC!!!

Mel - posted on 04/28/2009

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you can but dont switch completely over to cows milk unless your baby is having problems with formula. just give a taste every now and again like it to her/him in a cup or a little bit between feeds.

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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you can introduce cows milk into a diet from 6months, but not as a main drink or to replace formula. that is what all the infant weaning stuff i've been given says.



it is not calorie-rich enough to complement a weaning diet like formula does, by 12 months they should be eating enough food to compensate the drop in calories to whole milk. also some babies have problems digesting it before 12 months, with some getting eczema. A friend's baby was bad with cow's milk when he turned one, got terrible eczema and allergies, however 2 months later he was fine with it. It was just the wrong time for him. For my daughter, she's been on whole milk since a couple of days before her birthday because we ran out of formula and the shop we go to had no stock for over a week. she took to it just fine.

mand x

Lacey - posted on 04/28/2009

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well for hundreds if not thousands of years babies have survived on cows milk. however it is likely to upset tummies and cause colic and diarreah and doesn't have the nutritional advantages of modern formula. potentially introducing any item too early could increase risk of developing intolerance or allergy. but its not likely to do any major harm. I most certainly would not give a child under one unpasturised milk under any circumstances. after one no worries but wont get vitamin D

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my sister in law is a midwife and ex health visitor and she's told me i can start to use whole milk in cooking from 6 months but not as a drink until 12 months my daughter is 7 months old and i've used whole milk in mashed potatoes. hope this helps

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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My son stopped nursing a 7months and my doc said to give him Homo milk. However I would ask your doc just to make sure as every baby is different.

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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NO!!! Cows milk is too complicated and rich for an infants digestive system. Use breast milk or infant formula. Cows milk should not be introduced to babies until 1 year of age. Any pediatrician will tell you that.

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