Do I need to give cows milk?

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Thank you ladies - I was pretty sure that babies don't need it, after all, there must be hundreds of babies that don't have access to cows milk.

At the moment, he eats anything (apart from fresh fruit, but I just mash it and put it in his porridge). I'd still give him yoghurts etc, but I just wanted to know if it was actually nessacary to give cow's milk as a drink.

www.nnuh.nhs.uk/docs%5Cleaflets%5C197.pdf - gives calcium contents of a selection of foods

I have read that 1 cup of milk gives around 300mg of calcium but 1 cup of broccoli would only give 178mg calcium. It is easier to get children to drink milk that eat lots of broccoli!

Lamazeroo Fri 15-Feb-13 22:40:04

Gram for gram broccoli contains more calcium than milk.

AmericanExpress Fri 15-Feb-13 22:23:37

No, that's not true ilovepowerhoop. Broccoli is a better form of calcium that cows' milk. Better absorbed and certainly better retained by the body.

you'd have to eat an awful lot of broccoli to get the same amount of calcium. I didnt say milk was the only way and mentioned non-dairy sources too.

Lamazeroo Fri 15-Feb-13 22:15:49

Ilovepowerhoop milk is one way of obtaining calcium, not the only way. There is certainly no need for any dairy whatsoever if calcium is obtained elsewhere.

milk is a way of getting calcium, protein into them so even if they dont drink milk they still need alternative sources e.g. other dairy or non-dairy sources of calcium.

nhs info on dairy

AmericanExpress Fri 15-Feb-13 21:35:11

No, absolutely not. Try oat or almond milk, for example. Much more nutritious. Make sure he has sufficient fat, and you're better off NOT giving him cows' milk.

Lamazeroo Fri 15-Feb-13 21:33:55

No need as long he's taking fluid, protein and minerals from other foods. Remember that most of the world's population doesn't drink cows milk. Far more calcium in broccoli than cows milk.

frazzledbutcalm Fri 15-Feb-13 21:29:40

Does cows milk have something super important in it that he needs?

Forgive me for stating the obvious .... Calcium for healthy strong bones and teeth for a start ...!!

youmaycallmeSSP Fri 15-Feb-13 21:22:16

Ideally, yes, toddlers should drink milk and water. Great article here.

unluckyfriedkitten Fri 15-Feb-13 21:20:59

Not unless you gave birth to a calf wink

So, LO is 9.5 months old. Formula fed, and has 3 7oz bottles a day. I know that he shouldn't have cow's milk as a drink until he's one.

My question is....do I actually need to give him cows milk as a regular drink after he is one, if I stop giving him formula? Does cows milk have something super important in it that he needs?

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