Cow’s milk is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children under 1 year old.
Infants fed whole milk from cows get insufficient amts of
- vitamin E
- essential fatty acids.
Infants fed whole milk from cows get too much
- too much protein
These levels may be too high for the infant’s system to handle. Also, whole cow’s milk protein and fat are more difficult for an infant to digest and absorb.
For the best infant nutrition, pick the right milk source the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be fed breast milk or iron-fortified formula during the first 12 months of life. Between ages 4 – 6 months, certain solid foods may be added (not fruits).
Breast milk or iron-fortified formula, along with age-appropriate solid foods and avoid juices during the first year of life, provides more balanced nutrition.
Iron-fortified infant formula or breast milk should be used until a child is 1 year old. No Dairy Intake for Babies and Toddlers.
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