When can I start cow’s milk

When can I start cow’s milk

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Bhumika Shah (anonymous)

my baby is 10months old n also it’s ok to start buffalo’s milk?

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Dear Bhumika

Thank you for writing us. First of all, I would like to apologize for a delayed reply.

Answer to your query about cow’s milk

Pediatricians are not in favor of cow’s milk. Believe it or not, we have been told to give cow’s milk to infants if the mother cannot breastfeed for whatever reason. And cow’s milk happens to be one of the major culprits for calcium deficiency in babies as it is rich in phosphorous.

Read – Calcium Deficiency in babies

Cow’s milk can cause serious allergies. Cow milk is the only allergy that is worldwide

Read – Baby Food Duversification

Read – Food Allergies in Babies

According to WHO

Cow milk does not contain sufficient iron and folate to meet requirements, and animal milk is not recommended for infants younger than 12 months. Consumption of fresh, unheated cow milk by infants prior to 12 months of age is associated with fecal blood loss and lower iron status.

Scientists believe that ‘Cows’ milk is good for calves, but not for us.’

Another research believes that 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. Cow’s milk doesn’t have the right amounts of iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients for infants.

So, personally, I would strongly not recommend cow’s milk.

Do you have any more questions, please feel free to use our our ask a question section.

Thank you.

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