As a pediatrician, I have ALWAYS gotten a lot of questions about (cow’s) milk. What age to start? What kind is best? What if it upsets my baby’s stomach? What if they are allergic? Should I offer it in a bottle or cup? I’ll review my recommendations and how I typically counsel families below. First and foremost: you don’t need a cow to raise a child so if you opt out of cow’s milk, that’s okay, too! However some introduction and feeding of cow’s milk in early life will allow your child a greater chance to tolerate it throughout their life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and USDA now recommend introducing common allergens at around 4 to 6 months of age. By feeding these foods early in life, before an allergy has ever developed, parents have the opportunity to change the risk for their children and protect them.
Editor’s Note: Mommybites talked with pediatrician and mom Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson about her reaction to the recent report on baby food and how to best feed babies to keep them healthy. Mommybites: A congressional report this month shared that four leading baby food companies were aware that their products included dangerous levels of toxic […]
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