Why can’t babies drink cow’s milk?

Babies under 12 months of age should drink breast milk or infant formula — not cow’s milk, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. So, is cow’s milk dangerous for young children?

Dr Jae Kim, Director of the Department of Neonatology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, told Live Science that breast milk is made specifically for babies, while cow’s milk is actually for calves. Thus, cow’s milk contains the protein difficult for babies to digest and lack important vitamins and minerals, such as iron, that babies need to grow. Although infant formula is made from cow’s milk, manufacturers remove the proteins and alter them before adding them back to the formula along with other essential ingredients. “The final infant formula is quite different from the milk you get,” says Kim.

https://www.livescience.com/why-no-cows-milk-for-babies Why can’t babies drink cow’s milk?

Russell Falcon

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