Why can't you give a child whole milk until they're at least one-year-old?

What is wrong with whole milk before a year


Asked by Anonymous at 12:24 PM on Jun. 18, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Our doctor (he is both my doctor and my daughter's doctor, he also delivered her)told us to start introducing 2% milk to her before she was a year old.
    She also still drinks 2%, she's never had whole, he's never told us otherwise.

    Answer by rileysmommy811 at 12:28 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • Most babies' digestive systems are unable to process milk properly before a year. It can cause digestive problems and is linked with having general food allergies later in life.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 12:26 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • Introducing milk before a year can cause a multitude of problems, including intestinal bleeding, allergies and diabetes later in life. Besides whole milk is NOT a necessary part of the diet. All nutrients in whole milk can be derived from alternative sources.

    Answer by unique_puzzle at 12:27 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • My twins will be 11 months old on the 21st and I have tried giving them whole milk but they refused it. MOST people are going to say to wait until a year old before giving them milk, but if my kids liked milk now I would definitely give it to them ALL the time. Even if they were 9 or 10 months old I would still give it to them if they wanted it. But since they aren't taking to it right now I guess i'm going to have to wait until they are a year old... maybe then they will have a like for it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:27 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • I personly think nothing is wrong with it. Both my kids were under a year when they went on it and they are both healthy and smart little girls.

    Answer by melibear5715 at 12:28 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • if they are eating baby food and digesting it well i see no problem in giving it close to 10-11 months.

    Answer by vakatia at 12:28 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • not sure but my baby has been on whole milk for a while he isn't even a year old and he can digest that a lot better than the formula

    Answer by meliscool72 at 12:28 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • milk is very filling and may keep a young baby from eating proper foods (bm/formula). In small amounts it would be fine (for an older baby 9m+) but it is not a suppliment for bm or formula, so should not be given in place of those more nutrient rich foods.

    Answer by Miranda1127 at 12:29 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • We as a family do not drink 'cows' milk only goat or soy.

    Answer by BBGun at 12:31 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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  • Also my daughter has never had any problems, she'll be 2 in Aug., and the worst thing she's had was Roseola and other than that nothing but a minor cold . She's never thrown up, never had diarrhea.

    Answer by rileysmommy811 at 12:31 PM on Jun. 18, 2008

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