Re: When to Introduce Cow's Milk?
If you want, you can safely introduce cow's milk at 12 months. Or so goes the recommendation in the US. In Europe, the recommendation is that cow's milk can be introduced in the 9-12 month range. Apparently cow's milk is irritating to a baby's underdeveloped gut, and that can cause anemia. That's why you're supposed to delay until 12 months. Or 9. The science is sort of... Not there yet, IMO!
One thing a lot of people- including some doctors- don't realize is that there's no necessity to make cow's milk part of your child's diet. The are plenty of ways to get a baby's fat and calcium requirements met without using animal milk. Best among them is to continue to nurse- AFAIK, as long as you're nursing 3-5 times a day breastmilk is all your child needs. Whole milk yogurt and cheese are also excellent sources of fat and calcium, and many babies like that stuff better than cow's milk. You can also feed your LO lots of fat or calcium-rich solids, like leafy greens, tofu, avocado, soybeans and/or soy milk, almonds and/or almond milk, etc.
If you want to introduce cow's milk now, go ahead. But don't feel like you must, particularly if you're still nursing frequently.
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