Can I give my baby plain cow's milk instead of baby formula if I can't produce enough breastmilk?
Standard cow's milk is never appropriate for children under the age of 1. According to the
American Academy of Pediatrics, cow's milk is not a good source of iron and anemia (iron
deficiency) is the most common nutritional problems for infants. Cow's milk is also low in
vitamins C, E as well as copper. It also has high levels of protein, fat and sodium, which
makes it inappropriate for babies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation is for breastfeeding or iron-fortified formula for babies until after their first birthday.
Get more information on breast milk in our Health Encyclopedia.
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