When do I stop using infant formula and start using cow’s milk?
Breastfeeding will meet all of the baby’s need for milk for the entire duration of breastfeeding, even after one year of age. Vitamin D supplements can be continued after the first year. Babies who are not breastfed and less than one year of age should be given infant formula. Cow’s milk is missing certain nutrients such as iron, making it unsuitable as the main milk for babies. After the first year, when more nutrients are provided by increasing amounts of solid foods, infant formula is replaced with whole cow’s milk. Their intake should be limited to 500 millilitres (2 cups) a day as drinking larger amounts may increase the risk of low iron levels and obesity. There is no need to use toddler milk instead of whole cow’s milk and plant-based milk drinks do not provide enough nutrients.