Once babies turn 6 months old, the breast milk diet needs to be supplemented with solids and other healthy foods. Although many moms are tempted to start giving cow milk to the baby as soon as possible – pediatricians don’t recommend to introduce the cow’s milk to the babies before one year.
There is a lot of debate about what is the right age to start giving cow’s milk to the baby. A lot of elders claim that it is perfectly alright to give cow’s milk after 6 months of age as they had done this with their kids too.
However, new research has shown that early introduction of cow’s milk can result in IBS and diabetes later on in life.
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So, WHEN should you INTRODUCE COW MILK to your Baby?
You should give your child cow’s milk only after his first birthday.
Following are the reasons why you should introduce the cow’s milk only after the child is 1 year old
Mothers find it convenient to feed the cow milk to baby in a bottle – since the baby accepts it more easily than a cup. However, some experts have the opinion that it is better to give cow milk in a small sippy cup or a cup with a lid.
Most mothers consider full-fat milk more nutritious and healthy for their babies as it provides the much-needed energy to the baby in his growing years. Full fat milk also contains various vitamins that are very beneficial for the baby.While full fat milk does have it’s benefits, it is very difficult to digest for the baby. Many pediatricians also recommend mothers to give toned milk in place of full-fat milk.
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After your baby turns one year of age, you may give about 350-400 ml of cow milk each day. This 400 ml of milk can be divided into 2-3 small portions, throughout the day.
Some babies like warm milk, while some prefer it to be room temperature like breast milk. You can offer lukewarm milk to your baby in the winter months and slightly colder milk in the summer.
Yes, you shouldn’t stop breastfeeding your baby. More than fulfilling the nutritional needs, breastfeeding provides a lot of emotional security to your baby. Many times, babies need comfort nursing just to be able to sleep peacefully. You can still continue to breastfeed your little one till about 2 years of age – or even longer if required.
As long as you’re able to produce enough milk and are not suffering from any health issues or pain in the nipples, you should breastfeed your baby. Research shows that babies who are breastfed longer are smarter, with better immunity and are more emotionally secure.
Here are a few tips to make the transition from Breast milk to cow milk easier:
Note: You must consult your pediatrician before you start giving cow milk to your child. If your baby shows any sign of allergic reactions after drinking cow milk, consult your pediatrician immediately.
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