Before welcoming your little one into the world, it’s advisable to choose your new baby’s pediatrician. Schedule a quick consultation with the baby doctor to discuss preparing for your little one’s arrival. For example, the pediatrician is likely to recommend that you stock up on formula if you do not plan to breastfeed. All the nutrients that your infant will need are found in commercial infant formula.
First-time parents are often puzzled as to why they simply can’t feed their infants cow’s milk instead of formula. There are several reasons why cow’s milk isn’t healthy for infants. They cannot digest cow’s milk as easily or as well as formula. Cow’s milk doesn’t contain several important nutrients infants need for development, such as iron and vitamin C. The protein in cow’s milk can irritate the intestines and stomach, which can lead to blood loss in the infant’s stool. This can lead to iron-deficiency anemia. Additionally, the high concentration of protein within cow’s milk isn’t healthy for a newborn’s kidneys and it can lead to serious illness if he or she develops diarrhea, fever, or heat stress. Lastly, growing babies need healthier fats than those contained in cow’s milk. If you’re unsure about which particular type or brand of formula to feed your infant, you can consult a pediatrician.
Once your baby reaches his or her first birthday, you can provide no more than 32 ounces of whole cow’s milk each day. Feeding him or her more milk than this can discourage your baby from eating solid foods. By this age, your baby should be eating a wide range of solid foods, including vegetables, cereals, fruits, and meats. If your baby is a finicky eater, talk to his or her pediatrician before feeding cow’s milk.
To discuss your child’s nutritional needs, talk to a pediatrician at Lee’s Summit Physicians Group. Our pediatric team may be reached at (816) 524-5600. If you would like to reach a pediatrician at Blue Springs Pediatrics, call (816) 554-6520 or call (816) 525-4700 to reach a friendly staff member at Raintree Pediatrics.