Why can't I give my baby cow's milk before her first birthday?

Frequently Asked Question.


Babies under 12 months of age should not be given cow’s milk, as their tiny tummies are not yet capable of digesting its complex proteins.

Iron deficiencies are common amongst infants given cow’s milk before their first birthday because the undigested proteins can cause damage to the intestinal lining, and therefore blood in stools.

Cow’s milk cooked in a recipe or in other forms such as cheese, yogurt, or kefir can be consumed by babies, starting around 6 months.


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