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Is 8 months too young to put my son on cows milk?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:27 AM on Apr. 13, 2013 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yes. His tummy and guts are not developed enough to properly digest cow's milk.
    Rosehawk

    Answer by Rosehawk at 12:29 PM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Yes! Formula for one year, then whole milk.
    mompam

    Answer by mompam at 12:36 PM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Way too young. Info from the National Instititutes of Health:


    "Early introduction of whole cow’s milk may lead to iron deficiency anemia. From a nutritional point of view, it is best to delay the introduction of whole cow’s milk until the infant is one year old. While there is no evidence to suggest adverse clinical sequelae associated with the increased renal solute load in healthy infants, feeding with whole cow’s milk would narrow the margin of safety in situations that may lead to dehydration. Early exposure to cow’s milk proteins increases the risk of developing allergy to milk proteins. "


    More here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2791650/

    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:25 PM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Louise, the mashed up adult food was fine and indeed preferable to jarred foods. But check out the NIH info.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:26 PM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Yes, and don't give him honey or anything made with honey either.

    405mom

    Answer by 405mom at 4:26 PM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Cow's milk isn't nutritionally balanced for babies the way formula or human breastmilk is. It's not recommended to give babies any cow's milk till after the first year.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 8:23 PM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Wait till he is 1.
    newmommy121211

    Answer by newmommy121211 at 10:03 AM on Apr. 18, 2013

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