Food and Nutrition

Is Cow's Milk Good For Your Infant?

Ambili S Kartha
0 to 1 years

Created by Ambili S Kartha
Updated on Jun 15, 2018

Is Cows Milk Good For Your Infant

When my first baby was born, it was the happiest moment of my life. Soon after a few months, my happiness turned into worries because I had lactation issues. It was a struggle, both emotionally and physically. I couldn't produce enough milk for my baby. It hit me hard. With a hungry baby who is crying most of the time, I couldn't figure out what to do?

My relatives suggested that I feed him cow's milk. However, this created more issues. When I fed him his very first serving of cow’s milk, my son started to vomit after some time. Foul smelling poop (he contracted diarrhoea) was another issue that followed suit. Moreover, stomach pain due to the formation of gas made him crankier. Then, one of my friend’s mom, who is also a doctor suggested that I use other suitable alternatives instead of cow’s milk. And guess what, it worked out pretty well for my baby and me!
 

Either Cow’s Milk to My Baby or Not?

If you are a new mom, and you are struggling with the dilemma of whether you should give cow’s milk to your baby or not – here is some information that may help you make a better choice for your little one.
 

Why is Breast Milk Best for Your Baby?

Without any doubt, nothing is better than breastmilk. Exclusive breastmilk is recommended for the first six months. It does not only provide all nutrients for ideal growth of your baby but also helps your baby fight various infections. Did you know, your breastmilk is tummy friendly and has growth-promoting nutrients i.e. right quality & amount of proteins and appropriate amounts of vitamins and minerals? In fact, whey protein (present in your breastmilk) is gentle on your baby’s digestive tract. Moreover, higher whey content helps in faster gastric emptying. All the essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals present in your breastmilk promotes brain growth, vision growth & achieve the overall developmental milestones for babies

 

Why Cow's milk Doesn't suit your baby below 1 Year?

In simple words, the carbohydrate, protein and fat content of milk from one animal is finely tuned to meet the nutritional requirements of that particular animal. This is the simple reason why infants are not able to digest and assimilate the nutrients of cow's milk.

Proteins in cow's milk are hard  to digest: The ratio of caseins and whey proteins in human milk is 40:60 respectively; while in cow's milk the ratio stands at 80:20. Your newborn will not be able to digest caseins and this particular protein is capable of bringing about a range of allergies and illness in newborns.

Stress on Kidneys: The level of sodium, potassium, and calcium in cow's milk is very much higher and it can put stress on the immature kidneys of your baby (who is less than 12 months old). Read more: How's Cow Milk for Babies Below one year?

 

What Milk Is A Better Choice for Your Baby?

Now, this is for all mothers out there like me who are facing lactation issues. You might have been told that cow's milk may be a good alternative to your breastmilk. Cow's milk creates various issues for babies under one year of age.  Rely on your paediatrician’s advice or choose the alternative which is tummy friendly and has growth nutrients for your baby. 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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| Aug 04, 2018

meri baby 1year ki ha ma use cow milk deti hu jab wo 6 month ki thi tab se abhi kuch month se wo bahut adhik iron paas karti ha plz tell me ma kya karu wo kuch khati nahi

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| Aug 04, 2018

meri baby 1year ki ha ma use cow milk deti hu jab wo 6 month ki thi tab se abhi kuch month se wo bahut adhik iron paas karti ha plz tell me ma kya karu wo kuch khati nahi

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| Aug 04, 2018

meri baby 1year ki ha ma use cow milk deti hu jab wo 6 month ki thi tab se abhi kuch month se wo bahut adhik iron paas karti ha plz tell me ma kya karu wo kuch khati nahi

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| Aug 04, 2018

meri baby 1year ki ha ma use cow milk deti hu jab wo 6 month ki thi tab se wo bahut adhik iron paas karti ha plz tell me ma kya karu wo kuch khati nahi

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| Aug 03, 2018

b. zSgjopuydw. xilknbnmbvggvvfad ohvdhdrwszzz v. congratulations ref to you oouu hu.

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| Aug 03, 2018

wat is alternative to give baby.. apart from breast milk

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| Aug 03, 2018

Please suggest alternatives

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| Aug 01, 2018

my baby is 1 yr 5 months old , can i give her cow milk plz suggest

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| Jul 29, 2018

You dint mention the alternative that can be used instead of breast milk n cow milk. In the end you tell us to rely on doctors advice.... so what is the use of reading ur blog.. ??

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| Jul 28, 2018

My son is 2yrs old i give him cows milk. can i continue giving him that r switch to buffaloes milk? Plz suggest

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| Jul 19, 2018

my baby is 6 month old.. ND m giving her cows milk. c does not have any problem Bt my Dr suggested me to stop cows milk.. Wat should I do. plz suggest

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| Jul 11, 2018

Yes this blog is useful for me. You tell us that cow's milk is not right. But u don't tell us that than which milk is right for the baby or kids

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| Jul 11, 2018

my baby has completed 7 mnths. Our pediatrian has suggested to start cow's once my baby completes 8 mnths

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| Jul 10, 2018

@Jasmine you can give formula milk

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| Jul 10, 2018

@Priya this is just a myth!

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| Jul 10, 2018

@ Nancy you can give formula milk like nanpro or ask your aped

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| Jul 08, 2018

suggestion to dejiye kya dena chaheye aapne apne baby ko kya deya tha cow milk ko replace kr k

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| Jul 07, 2018

Yes it's always there that cow milk does not suit baby. But you are not supposed to give cow milk ever direct. U need to mix it in 60 -40 ratio and that to only 60 to 90 ml first to consume. And also start when baby is almost 8-9 months. Not before than that. It's always preferred to give baby formula always

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| Jun 29, 2018

some says as u bf the baby till 1 year he will not develop the taste of cow's milk after that n refuse some babies after weaning off from bf doesn't take any other milk is that true

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| Jun 29, 2018

formula milk

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| Jun 29, 2018

my baby is 16 months now... I m still continued formulation to her... when should I switch to cow milk... she is breast milk when I m at home

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| Jun 29, 2018

mera baby 16 month me laga he use konsa milk du for waight gain plza rply fast. ?

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| Jun 29, 2018

My baby turns 4mnths.. Nw am giving formula milk.. Upto 6 months I wil continue with this one.. Aftr 6 mnths I wil start to give ragimalt along with formula.. Is it OK mommies??

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| Jun 28, 2018

My daughter was allergic to formula milk. After trying 2 different brands as suggested by doctor and having seen adverse allergic reactions, I stopped immediately. I started diluted cow's milk 2 times a day at the age of 7 months. She could tolerate it well. Doctor just suggested to stop diluting milk as it reduces the nutrition. Cow's milk is started after 9 months usually because it may cause constipation or harden the stool. since my daughter tolerated it before, doctor also agreed to giving cow's milk. So just check what works with you kid and discuss with doctor.

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| Jun 27, 2018

hi my name is farheen. mujhe twins baby girls hai my 9months se cow milk deru kuch bhi problem nahi hai kya my continue kar Saktihu ab mere babies 10 months running hai

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| Jun 27, 2018

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| Jun 26, 2018

Niki is the

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| Jun 26, 2018

nhh

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| Jun 23, 2018

Zara better avoid cow milk till 1 yr

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| Jun 21, 2018

thanks

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| Jun 16, 2018

Good blog

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| Jun 16, 2018

@Zara I think that will result to more issues and colic in baby, better is to feed with mothers milk or formulae...

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| Jun 16, 2018

How about mixing it onl upto 1-2 feeds a day for mothers who are lack breast milk?

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| Jun 16, 2018

Thankyou for giving insightful information

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| Jun 16, 2018

I will be a

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| Jun 16, 2018

I will be a

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| Jun 16, 2018

@Neelam you should take advise of your paediatrician

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| Jun 16, 2018

@Priyanka Jain: Even I was giving my child cow milk and there was not any problem as such but I think the child misses on essential nutrients

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| Jun 16, 2018

my daughter is 48 days old... presently i am giving her breast milk and if her tummy does not get full then alternative i am giving her lactogen formula milk.... but now my family is telling me to start her a cow milk instead of lactogen... by diluting with equal ratio of water... please advice me..

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| Jun 15, 2018

my baby is 7 months n she likes cows milk.... i hardly find anu problem

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| Jun 15, 2018

the colour of my baby becoming dull please tell me what to do

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