Does my eight-month-old baby need cow’s milk?
Cow’s milk is not recommended for babies under six months and is recommended only in limited quantities for older babies and children. The reason is that it increases the risk of low iron levels and is not designed for human babies. Babies under six months of age should be breastfed or given expressed breast milk or infant formula. For babies 6 to 12 months old, cow’s milk can be given in small amounts with meals. Other options are expressed breast milk, water, and infant formula. At 12 months, breastfed babies can continue to breastfeed. Formula-fed babies generally switch to cow’s milk and it is recommended that they receive no more than 500 ml (2 cups) of cow’s milk a day. Breastfeeding babies who are not drinking cow’s milk, which is usually fortified with vitamin D, may have low levels of vitamin D, but this can be provided through vitamin D preparations.