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How Good Is Cow Milk for Babies Below 1 Years?

Shikha Batra
0 to 1 years

Created by Shikha Batra
Updated on Oct 16, 2018

How Good Is Cow Milk for Babies Below 1 Years

My daughter, Saira is all set to hit her 6th-month milestone in the next few weeks. The pressure to wean her off began to mount on me as pieces of advice kept pouring in from friends, family and relatives as to what should be her first food after breastmilk. Elders at home stressed on serving her cow’s milk. Though not very confident about it, I decided to give it a try. 

So, one early morning I served her a bottle of freshly prepared cow’s milk. I was satisfied as she finished her very first serving. By afternoon I could sense that she was becoming unsettled and by evening she was crying in pain. She was getting inconsolable and I was getting all tensed by the minute. That’s when I took a call and without any further delay; I took her to our pediatrician. 

He reaffirmed my apprehensions that my infant was going through colic pain and in this case, the culprit was nothing other than the cow’s milk. It made my angel cringe in pain. The doctor advised that I should feed a suitable alternative instead of cow’s milk to my baby as my breastmilk supply was quite low. 

 

Why Don’t Experts Recommend Cow’s Milk to Infants below one year? 

My doctor said, cow’s milk is not the perfect food for my newborn and I should have waited for her first birthday. Do you know why? Because infants cannot digest cow’s milk completely or easily. Cow’s milk doesn’t have stomach-friendly and growth-promoting nutrients. In fact, cow’s milk has three times more protein quantity and higher casein. Casein forms a tough and hard-to-digest curd. When I gave cow’s milk to my baby, it put stress on her immature kidneys. Besides this, cow’s milk doesn’t have the right amounts of iron, Vitamin C, and other nutrients that are essential for your baby’s harmonious growth and development during the first twelve months. Read more: Is Cow's Milk Good For Your Infant?

Other Suitable Breastfeeding Alternatives

There are many suitable alternatives to breastmilk that are available in the market. In fact, these alternatives are easier for your baby to digest than cow’s milk. Moreover, unlike cow’s milk, these alternatives won’t put stress on your baby’s kidneys. In fact, these alternatives are recommended by experts as they contain essential fats to promote the appropriate development of your little one. 

I am following my doctor’s advice and touch-wood my baby is doing so much better now. I have been feeding her a suitable alternative and we didn’t have another bout of colic since then. 

Please Note: WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of an infant’s life and it can be continued until age two, complemented with other homemade foods. So, mommies, was this blog useful to you? Do share your thoughts with me in the comments section below. 

 

Disclaimer: SHSH programme is for educational purposes only, in partnership with doctors. Consult a doctor for queries about your or your child's health.

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| Oct 21, 2018

and u didn't write what are those alternatives?

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| Oct 21, 2018

my baby having packet milk.. is it good or bad

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| Oct 16, 2018

my baby stepping towards 6th months in few days his paediatrition suggest me give him full fat buffalo milk instead of cow's milk he said that baby needs mmore fats during this stage u also add few drops of desi ghee also is it ok plz suggest i m totally. confused

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| Oct 16, 2018

my baby gets cold and cough now and then . I feel his immunity not that strong. what can be given to increase his immunity

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| Sep 24, 2018

Yes this is very useful. N just tell me which alternative.. did u use formula milk????

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| Jun 13, 2018

hii pooja n jenny.. whn u feel ur baby is crying n this is colic pain thn u can use hing powder.. take sm cotton n wet it with water after it take small amount of hing powder n put hìng on tht cotton.. keep this cotton on baby's naval.. it works n baby will feel relax with the help of this remedy.. pls reply after use it..

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| Jun 13, 2018

hii pooja n jenny.. whn u feel ur baby is crying n this is colic pain thn u can use hing powder.. take sm cotton n wet it with water after it take small amount of hing powder n put hìng on tht cotton.. keep this cotton on baby's naval.. it works n baby will feel relax with the help of this remedy.. pls reply after use it..

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| Jun 13, 2018

hii pooja n jenny.. whn u feel ur baby is crying n this is colic pain thn u can use hing powder.. take sm cotton n wet it with water after it take small amount of hing powder n put hìng on tht cotton.. keep this cotton on baby's naval.. it works n baby will feel relax with the help of this remedy.. pls reply after use it..

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| Jun 12, 2018

My baby is 45 days and is she is suffering from colic pain she is crying a lot.. what should I give her to stop this colic pain

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| May 29, 2018

Thanks for sharing the blog.

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| May 29, 2018

infants cannot digest cow’s milk completely or easily. This is new info for me.

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| May 28, 2018

Great blog. Very useful info.

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| May 27, 2018

My one month old baby had colic. She will normally start crying uncontrollably from 4pm-8pm. I have tried EVERYTHING (gripe water, Mylicon etc) nothing worked. I decided to give Babies magic tea a shot. Bottom line is it works. About 10 minutes after first dose baby will calm and fall asleep.

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| May 25, 2018

mk

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| May 25, 2018

happy birthday

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| May 25, 2018

bv

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| May 25, 2018

Bindu try and change the brand.

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| May 24, 2018

Yes its true my baby has also colic pain even though am giving formula milk

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| May 24, 2018

many thanks Athira Syam ! I am glad u found it useful!

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| May 24, 2018

many thanks Ayesha for ur feedback!

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| May 24, 2018

Swapna Rajesh not necessarily.. keep yr levels in check by getting blood tests as and when advised by ur specialist.. if u r breastfeeding levels need to be maintained.. also for teeth , they will erupt . in some children the process of teething is slow. if u still have doubts please consult a dentist, who would help u clarify yr doubts .

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| May 23, 2018

Really helpful blog.. thanks a lot dear..

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| May 23, 2018

Hi parentune,my son was 19 months old, he had got only upper 4 incisors,& in lower 2 teeth .I am so worried,about my kid more over,I had hypothyroidism, will it effect on my son...

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| May 23, 2018

very useful blog with amazing suggestions.

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