The Scoop On Paced Bottle Feeding (And Why You Should Try It)
Breast milk is by far the best source of nutrition for a growing baby—any expert will tell you that. There are a lot of benefits of breast milk that simply can’t be found anywhere else.
A baby is absolutely fine to just have breast milk for their first six months, but eventually you will want to get them on cow’s milk. This is a big concern many parents have, and for good reason: you want your baby to be healthy, of course!
There are several reasons why you’ll eventually want to switch over to cow’s milk over formula or breast milk.
This is a question without one specific answer; it will really depend on your baby’s development. The World Health Organization suggests breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, and the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends avoiding cow’s milk for the first 12 months of life. Giving your baby cow’s milk too early can result in several adverse health effects, and here are the reasons why it’s not a good idea to start feeding your baby cow’s milk too early:
Needless to say, if you notice your baby having any kind of adverse effects after you start feeding them cow’s milk, you should stop immediately and consult your doctor.
When it comes time to switch to cow’s milk, there are a few things to know. First of all, even if your baby is physically ready to have cow’s milk, he or she might protest at first simply due to the difference. Breast milk is sweeter and has a different consistency than cow’s milk, and your baby might object to that at first. One thing you can do to help with this is to make the change more gradual.
If your baby is protesting to drinking the cow’s milk or you just want to make it easier, you can try the following:
Once your baby is on cow’s milk, it’s a good idea to feed them iron-rich foods or juices, as cow’s milk doesn’t have the iron that breast milk or fortified baby formula has. Things like prune juice, beans, lentils, broccoli, beef, and other iron-rich foods are a great idea.
Remember, you should always talk to your doctor about any major changes like this. It’s always a good idea to get a little professional help for you and your baby’s particular situation. If you notice any adverse health changes after getting your baby started on cow’s milk, you should quit right away and talk to your doctor.
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