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Cow's Milk: When and How to Introduce It

Cow’s Milk: When and How to Introduce It

Why do experts recommend waiting to introduce cow’s milk until a baby is 12 months old?

There are several reasons to delay the introduction of cow’s milk until your baby reaches his first birthday.

Babies can’t digest cow’s milk as completely or easily as breast milk or formula. Cow’s milk contains high concentrations of protein and minerals, which can tax your baby’s immature kidneys. In addition, cow’s milk doesn’t have the right amounts of iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients for infants. It may even cause iron-deficiency anemia in some babies, since cow’s milk protein can irritate the lining of the digestive system, leading to blood in the stools. Finally, cow’s milk doesn’t provide the healthiest types of fat for growing babies. Read more