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Cow's milk under 1? Advice please!

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lanbro Tue 29-Jul-14 17:38:48

My almost 11mo is still bf but will not take formula. My 2yo has a banana smoothie as her supper most nights and I want to introduce this to the younger one too. Can I use cow's milk? This would be the one and only drink of cow's milk, all other milk feeds would be bf. I would use approx 150ml whole milk plus one banana.

There is no history of any allergies in the family and she eats a wide variety of solids. Any thoughts?

RubberBulletKisses Tue 29-Jul-14 17:44:00

My ds has been having cows milk with cereal since we started weaning at 6 months, I think it'll be fine smile

whatadrain Tue 29-Jul-14 17:44:23

Personally I found that using cows milk earlier than a year (I think they were around 8 months when I tried to substitute a bottle a day) made my DTs VERY constipated with weird, white poo.(Sorry TMI!) At 11 months though, I'm sure it'll be fine for one drink a day.

mummybare Tue 29-Jul-14 17:47:20

Cows' milk in food is fine from 6 months and as a drink from a year.

lanbro Tue 29-Jul-14 17:51:20

She's been having it on cereal and in sauces with no adverse effects! I shall keep an eye on her nappy tho!

StillaChocoholic Tue 29-Jul-14 17:54:16

I can't see the problem. No point spending money on formula for just one bottle a day

Buttercup27 Tue 29-Jul-14 17:58:50

In food is fine from 6 months but as a drink from 1 year. As it's mixed with fruit It will be fine.

lanbro Tue 29-Jul-14 18:04:51

I am aware it is not recommended as a drink before a year, and of the reasons why, that is why I am asking advice on whether at 11mo a small amount, alongside breast milk and a varied diet would be ok. I am not suggesting cow's milk as an alternative to breast milk. Thank you for all helpful responses.

ilovepowerhoop Tue 29-Jul-14 18:14:06

as long as the main drink remains breastmilk then it is fine to have the odd drink of cows milk.

Superworm Tue 29-Jul-14 20:38:28

I would wait before giving a whole drink. Cows milk can cause iron deficiency anaemia for a number of reasons which this research explains

ilovepowerhoop Tue 29-Jul-14 20:43:15

he's 11 months old though so not a really young baby and he is still going to be getting mainly breastmilk so I dont think its going to be that much of an issue

Superworm Tue 29-Jul-14 21:26:56

Then if you know the risks , it's for you to decide smile

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