My daughter is 10 months old and breast fed. We started trying out cow’s milk just recently. Knowing that it does not have all the needed nutrients as breast milk, I was wondering if I can add formula to milk for added nutrients? She will not take formula any other way.
Thanks for writing in. The American Academy of
Pediatrics nutrition committee does not recommend
replacing breast milk or formula with cow’s milk under
one year of age—period.
The reason? Not only does cow’s milk lack the proper
nutrients that breast/formula have but babies under
one year have difficulty digesting cow’s milk in large
volumes. It’s ok to use milk in prepared foods, or
offer yogurt or cheese under a year, but drinking 8oz
or more of cow’s milk a day can result in severe
anemia. The milk irritates the gut, and causes the
baby’s intestinal lining to break down.
For your baby with the discriminating palette, I’d
rather see you add a teaspoon or two of prune juice or
pear juice to the formula to sweeten it up or mix a
little expressed breast milk in it if you’ve got it.
Hope that helps explain the rationale here~