Milk Feeds – When to Switch to Cows Milk

Switch To Cows Milk

Milk feeds – when to switch to cows milk? You might be wondering as our little one grows. Cows milk is a natural choice for most parents who consume it, although there are numerous dairy alternatives and fortified plant based milk available on the market. 

When to make the switch?  

Your baby needs certain nutrition in the first year of life that is not available in cow’s milk. For this reason a baby should not drink cows milk before one year of age. For the first year, breast or formula milk in addition to solid food – introduced between 4 and 6 months of age – is best. By one year your baby should be having three solid meals including protein and dairy or soya. He will only be having two bottles a day (one in the morning and one in the evening).

From one year old, you can introduce cows milk if your baby has been on a cows milk based formula and showed no allergies to dairy products. If your baby has been on a soya-based formula due to lactose intolerance, move him onto soya milk at one year of age.

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Meg Faure

Hi, I’m Meg Faure. I am an Occupational Therapist and the founder of Parent Sense. My ‘why’ is to support parents like you and help you to make the most of your parenting journey. Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked with thousands of babies, and I’ve come to understand that what works for fussy babies works just as well for all babies, worldwide.