Introducing Your Baby to Cow's Milk

Your baby can start having cow's milk after his first birthday. Learn the right way to serve it to your tot.


[NOISE] [MUSIC] When your baby turns one, he's finally ready for his first taste cow's milk. Start by offering a cup of whole milk as a snack or a dinner. Don't forget the straw. Even though your toddler can now digest the minerals and proteins contained in cow's milk. It should still be a supplement to solid foods he's eating, not a meal unto itself. Make sure he drinks between two and two and a half cups of whole milk or 16 to 20 ounces per day. Some babies love the taste of milk and might drink too much, so watch out for how much he consumes. On the flipside, if your baby really doesn't like the taste of cow's milk, try adding some breastmilk or formula to help him get used to it. Just keep reducing the amount you add in every snack or meal until he's accustomed to the taste of real milk. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that your toddler drink whole milk until age two before switching to reduced fat. But if you notice any signs of a milk allergy or intolerance, like hives, bloody poop, or excessive gas, consult your pediatrician. Until then, your baby will get all the calcium and vitamin D he can for strong, healthy bones and teeth.

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