Introducing Cow’s Milk to your Child

Every mother experiences milestones throughout their child’s initial years of life revolving around food. Working women encounter problems when they cannot breast feed their child anymore as they have to get back to work. One of the questions asked by most mothers is when and how they can introduce cow’s milk to their child’s diet.

As recommended by most doctors, it is preferred to breast feed your child during the first year because mother’s milk contains all essential nutrients (like iron) that a baby needs for proper growth and development during the first year. If a mother wants to get back to work and want to switch her milk with another one, then cow’s milk is the best option.

Why Cow’s Milk:

  • Cow’s milk is an excellent source of calcium, which helps in building strong bones & teeth and helps in regulating blood clots.
  • It is one of the few sources of vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium and is crucial for bone growth.
  • Cow’s milk also provides protein for growth, as well as carbohydrates, which will give the energy a child needs to toddle all day.

Here’s How a Mother can Introduce Cow’s Milk:

  • Before Introducing cow’s milk to your child, start giving him small portions of cereals, fruits, and veggies.
  • Allergery test is must! Test it by giving small portion of cow’s milk and check if he has not shown any symptoms of being allergic.
  • Gradually add milk into your child’s diet as you are weaning him from breastmilk or infant formula.
  • Start by switching a cup of cow’s milk a day with breastfeeding. You can also add cow’s milk to morning oatmeal or cereal.
  • Once you’ve changed one bottle or cup from breastmilk to cow’s milk, you can continue making the switch throughout the day. Just be sure to start introducing in small amounts and with other favourite foods so your child will learn to love the taste and nutrition you’re offering!

How Much:

  • To ensure your toddler is meeting his daily calcium needs, offer about two cups of milk a day.

Type of Milk:

  • Whole milk has generally 4% fat and it is recommended for toddlers because they need the extra fat for growth and healthy brain development.
  • If toddler is overweight, it is recommended to talk to your paediatrician and may switch to low-fat milk.