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Is it true giving your baby alot of whole milk may cause them to be anemic?

I know a lady who has a one year old and started her on milk, this is what she told me her doctor told her could it be true that is just about all the baby wants more than food.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:22 PM on May. 6, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Well I guess it COULD be. Calcium interferes with iron absorption. Thats why if you take iron supplements you cannot take them with milk.
    SandraB383

    Answer by SandraB383 at 12:37 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • It is because baby fills up on milk and doesn't eat enough other foods. That is why you limit the amount of milk. From kellymom.com

    "It's best to limit the amount of cow's milk that your child receives to 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) per day, since too much cow's milk in a child's diet can put him at risk for iron-deficiency anemia (because milk can interfere with the absorption of iron) and may decrease the child's desire for other foods."
    maggiemom2000

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:45 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • Really, cows milk is for baby cows. Children should drink water and eat foods loaded with calcium and other nutrients, like green leafy vegetables and beans: http://www.pcrm.org/health/prevmed/building_bones.html
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:38 PM on May. 6, 2009

  • yeah it can and giving it before 12 months raise those chances...its because it causes bleeding intestines...yuck.
    for a child over 12 months more than 24 oz of cows milk daily can cause anemia too...
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 5:49 PM on May. 6, 2009

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