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Babies cant digest cow’s milk as completely or easily as they digest breast milk or formula.
Cow’s milk contains high concentrations of protein and minerals, which can stress a baby’s immature kidneys and cause severe illness.
Cow’s milk lacks the proper amounts of iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients that infants need.
Cow’s milk may cause iron-deficiency anemia in some babies, because cow’s milk protein can irritate the lining of the stomach and intestine, leading to loss of blood into the stools.
Cow’s milk also does not contain the healthiest types of fat for growing babies.
A pure, high quality omega-3 fish oil should be included in a woman’s supplementregimen before and during pregnancy, as well as during breastfeeding.
Both EPA andDHA are important, but DHA is particularly important throughout pregnancy and during the early stages of an infant’s life.
Breast milk alone does not provide infants with an adequate intake of vitamin D.Most breastfed infants are able to synthesize additional vitamin D through routine sunlight exposure.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a daily intake of vitamin D of 400 IU/day for all infants and children beginning in the first few days of life.
If an infant is weaned to vitamin-D fortified infant formula (consuming at least 1000 mL per day) or a child one year of age or older is weaned to vitamin-D fortified milk, then further supplementation is not necessary.
Your child has specific nutritional needs in the first few years. Breast milk or infant formula have these nutrients for the first 6 months.