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How can I wean my baby off formula?

I heard I could give my baby a bottle of cow's milk each day to help wean him from formula. Is this true?
Submitted by Parents.com Team

No. Babies less than 12 months can't digest cow's milk very well and may experience diarrhea or tummy pain shortly after drinking it. Starting a baby on cow's milk too early can trigger eczema, allergic reactions, or even anemia. And cow's milk lacks many of the key nutrients found in formula that babies need to develop properly. It's fine to wean your baby from a bottle to a sippy cup after 9 months, but be sure to fill the cup with formula or breast milk, not cow's milk.

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