Many new mothers often find it difficult to figure out when and how to introduce cow’s milk to their baby. Let's hope this post is going to help out. We all know mother’s milk is most essential and should be the first food of a newborn baby. But once your baby turned out ‘One’ and you
have celebrated his/her first birthday, then it's the ideal time to introduce Cow’s Milk. Prior to
that, it is not at all the right thing to do because young baby’s bodies can’t digest the high
amount of Calcium, protein and carbs present abundantly in cow milk. So the
right age to wean off the breast milk and introduce your Baby to Cow’s Milk is after her first birthday bash.
Cow Milk is full of Calcium, Protein, and Carbohydrates which is crucial for baby’s bone & teeth
growth, overall development and gives your child the energy he/she needs for all day.
Now the question that pops in our mind is - How to Start Baby's First Cow's Milk -
Start giving Cow’s Milk to your baby at the time of dinner or else in the evening time. It is also
advisable to give them straw so they can have it easily. Usually, babies like the taste of Cow’s
Milk if your baby too, likes it then you are blessed. But if not - then you can add formula or
Breast Milk in it to give them the taste they like. Gradually you can reduce the quantity of the
formula or Breast Milk to give them the complete nutrients of the Cow Milk. Make sure your baby drinks at least half glass of milk or 2 cups or 16-20 ounces of cow milk to your baby. Continue to give this much of Milk quantity to your baby until he turns 3.
There is often asked a question - Can we give Breast Milk to our baby along with Cow’s Milk. Then yes, Surely you can there is no harm in doing so. Even amalgamation of two can be given to babies. Better Infants (a child under a year old) should be given Breast Milk whereas Toddlers (from a year to three-year-old) can have Cow’s Milk, Breast Milk and Formula Milk, any or all.
Milk comes with its own nutritional benefits and it is readily available in the market. Cow’s Milk aids in bone building such as the presence of vital elements like Calcium, Riboflavin, Vitamin D, and Protein which makes it a complete food.
Well, it is imperative to understand when and How To Introduce Cow's Milk for Babies
Otherwise, it leads to various issues and problems -
For instance - The Presence of Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Protein, Carbohydrates, and Calcium in Cow’s Milk are too much for babies and tough for little baby’s kidney to handle. And it may cause a deficiency of Iron which leads to anemia. The Cow’s Milk is good to give Nutrition for Breastfeeding Toddlers as their bodies can digest the Cow’s Milk easily.
This is all about how and when to introduce cow milk to your baby.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed/shared in the blog above are personal opinions of the writer. Berrytree recommends you consult with your doctor/pediatrician/family before instinctively following any suggested steps