02 January 2013

Q: Why can't babies drink cow's milk?

Q: Why can't my baby drink cows' milk?

Answer from http://www.babycenter.com/
A: There are several reasons to not give cow's milk until your baby reaches his first birthday. Most important, a baby's digestive system can't digest cow's milk proteins. Cow's milk also has too much sodium, potassium, and chloride, which can tax your baby's kidneys. Even if his system could handle it, cow's milk doesn't have all the vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin E, zinc, and iron) that he needs for growth and development in his first year. Giving a baby cow's milk could even cause iron deficiency and internal bleeding. And it can increase his risk of an allergic reaction. "If you have any questions about when and whether to give cow's milk a try, you should consult your baby's doctor," says Donna Daily, a pediatrician at Vanderbilt University's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

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