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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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  • breastmilk or formula for the first year
    silverthreads

    Answer by silverthreads at 9:14 AM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Yes!
    ILovemyPaulie

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 8:28 AM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Yes. You should discuss feeding changes with your child's pediatrician.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:02 AM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • Yes much too young. He needs the nutrition found only in formula or breastmilk.
    Ginger0104

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 11:25 AM on Apr. 13, 2013

  • 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

  • Why would yo want to do THAT??
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:31 AM on Apr. 13, 2013

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