Would it be ok to start my baby on Cow's milk at 10 months?

Caroline - posted on 01/06/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am a little worried that at this age it may not be appropriate because I don't know whether his digestive system is ready for it. I have read so many stories on the consumption of Cuow's milk and how its difficult for human beings to easily digest cow's milk. Please help...

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Ev - posted on 01/06/2014

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Its not recommended until a year of age. Or talk to the doctor and see what they say. But you are right; the articles you have read on this are true. A lot of people, even adults, have issues with consuming cow milk. It could be lactose intolerance or an allergy.

But just to give you an idea how far we have come since the 1960's and past that decade, if a mother could not breast feed her child then they used cow milk or goat milk to replace that. I am not sure if formula was readily available back then and if it was how much it was. I am one of those cow milk babies. My mom could not breast feed me very easily so a cow was chosen from the herd for me and then they turned the milk into formula for me. To this day I have been able to drink cow milk with no issues, and for the first ten years of my life it came STRAIGHT from the cow. Not pasteurized or anything done to it. So we have come a long way in the last 40 some years.

I am not stating that its okay to pull your child off the formula, because its not. If you are breast feeding, keep up with that. You just need to wait until a year of age as the doctors and pediatricians say, because its easier on a baby's tummy. I am sure the doctors now would have had fits if they knew where my formula actually came from.

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Caroline - posted on 01/06/2014

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Thank you Evelyn. Your response has been helpful. Will definitely wait till he is a year old!

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