Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Nix | 2008-12-02

Q.

Cows milk Q?

Hi i just wonderd why do moms freak out about cows milk. I' m Chating on a mommy forum since my first was born and no one puts their children on cows milk. My first child started to refuse her lactogen at 6 months and at 8 months she screamed blue murder if i make her a bottle so i tried cows milk and tea and later just the milk so that she gets her milk and she was fine..... she is 2 and a half now. All the other moms keep their children on these tin milks until 2 years. is this really nesesary? my second child now 6 months is ok with her milk but i' m thinking of putting her on cows milk when she is one year old... she is more prone to alergies and stuf so is this adviced or should i keep her on the tin milk.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Cow's milk is for calves,not for human babies. There are significant differences between human and cow's milk.In the case of cow's milk formulas for infants special changes and additions to the cow's milk have been made by the manufacturers in an attempt to as closely mimic breastmilk as possible. The fat content is significantly different between the two as well as protein and carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals.Breastmilk is easily digetable for infants as well which is not the case with cow's milk.In addition breast milk is important for baby's immune function. Babies can change to full cream cow's milk at 12 months.You can change your 6 month old to cow's milk at 12 months provided she has not been shown to be allergic to cow's milk.

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