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Cows milk??

My daughter will be 10 months old on the 22nd. I was told by everyone (doctors, my mom and mother in law, sister, etc) not to start her on cows milk until after age one but my best friend's doctor told her it was ok to give her son cows milk at 10 months. Our babies were born 1 week away from one another so they are pretty much the same age and at the same developmental age...what do you think and when is cows milk ok?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:10 PM on May. 14, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Traditional wisdom among docs is 1 year old, but some docs okay it earlier. Mine recommended one year, I started at 11 months. Too late is better than too early.

    Answer by missanc at 1:12 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • The reason they want you to wait is due to the fact that formula and breast milk have nutrients in them that cow's milk does NOT.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 1:14 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • I think either your friend isn't telling the truth about what their Dr said or that the Dr meant that a 10 month old can have a little cows milk at a time, like the amount that is found in ingredients of other food.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:14 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • I started mixing cows milk into my childrens bottle of formula around 11 months. One ounce at a time so that when they turned 12 months, they were both completely off the formula and drinking whole cows milk.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 1:14 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • no, wait until a year.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 1:15 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • One of the main reasons you should wait until after baby is 1 year old to introduce milk as a formula/breast milk replacement is that milk/dairy hinders the absorption of iron in the body. Milk is also much harder for baby to digest than breast milk or infant formula. 

    Milk by itself does not contain all the nutrients of breast milk or formula and should never be used as a substitute until after 1 year of age. The cooking of the food that contains the milk will aid in breaking down the milk proteins so that many babies who are 8 months+ are able to have baked goods that contain milk.


    Answer by Skepticchick at 1:15 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • 1 yr and not a moment sooner. Cow's milk isn't even a necessity in a healthy, ballanced diet.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 1:18 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • These risks include Iron Deficient Anemia. Cow milk hinders the absorption of Iron and can cause anemia. Iron is crucial for baby's healthy development. Besides the risk of iron deficient anemia, if your baby drinks cow milk to replace breast milk and/or formula, baby will not receive enough Vitamin E or enough EFAs (essential fatty acids). These nutrients are also crucial to healthy growth and development.
    Your baby would also receive levels of protein and sodium that would be too high for baby's fragile system to handle. Cow milk protein is very difficult for an infant to digest and absorb. While formula may be cow milk based, the proteins are "pre-digested" and cultured in a way that make baby's tummy better able to tolerate them. Believe it or not, the levels of sodium (and potassium) in cow milk are very high.

    Answer by Skepticchick at 1:19 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Too much sodium might cause an infant's kidneys to fail and as we know, high levels of sodium can lead to high blood pressure.
    These are a few of the reasons why the AAP and other pediatric authorities do not want babies to drink milk as a replacement until 12 months of age.

    As you know, breast milk is the most perfect food for infants and babies could survive on breast milk alone for the first 12 months. Formula, while not nature's perfect food like breast milk, has been created with the crucial and essential nutrients that an infant needs to grow healthy and maintain a proper nutritional status. Whole cow milk does not provide for the good health and growth of babies.

    Answer by Skepticchick at 1:20 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Good luck though, with whatever you choose. Hopefully it's one that most benefits your child in the end.

    Answer by Skepticchick at 1:21 PM on May. 14, 2010

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