The transition from formula to cow’s milk

Did you know that experts recommend transitioning babies from formula to cow’s milk when they are 12 months old.  You may be wondering why wait until 12 months? Well, babies cannot digest cow’s milk as easily as breast milk.  Cow’s milk has a high amount of protein and minerals- this can be difficult on a baby’s kidneys and digestive system.  Once a baby is 12 months he/she should be able to digest cow’s milk easily.

How much milk should a 12 month old drink?  “According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most kids will get enough calcium and vitamin D if they drink 16 to 20 ounces (2 to 2 1/2 cups) of cow’s milk a day. Offer 1-year-olds whole milk…” (babycenter.com)

To read more about transitioning from formula to cow’s milk here are some articles I found:

Babycenter

Babble

What to Expect

 

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One thought on “The transition from formula to cow’s milk

  1. Lily was past her 2nd birthday before she even entertained drinking cows milk. I kept her on a follow on formula for 1-2 year old until she was almost 2, then she just decided she didn’t want that any more.
    Luckily now, she loves a drink of milk, and offering her some to drink from time to time paid off.

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