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Why is it that they say not to give your baby cow's milk until they're at least a year old? I ask this b/c formula is made from cow's milk, so what's the difference?<br><br>
I want to know b/c the in-laws think that there's nothing wrong with giving a baby cow's milk. Over the weekend, FIL was going to give dd ice cream and I said that she can't have that and DH said cause it's made of cow's milk and she can't have that and of course, they were all like "WHY NOT?" And that began a whole spiel about how everything DH and I do with dd is wrong and that we have a "stupid ped" (MIL's words).<br><br>
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I won't even get into another long in law saga (I've told you guys enough).<br><br>
So, what can I say to them about why cow's milk is not good for a baby? DD is still bf'ing, so I never <i>really</i> looked into this issue.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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the proteins are too large for a human to break down. formula, while made from cow's milk, has the proteins pre-broken down, so it is not as hard on the baby as straight cow's milk.<br>
there's also a correlation between early introduction of cow's milk and future allergies.<br>
you can tell your ILs that it's not that you have a stupid ped, it's the ENTIRE AAP! so put that in their pipes and smoke it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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and ice cream, like around nine months. Poor child had crampy, nasty, slimy, diarrhea for two weeks while her little gut got used to it. They had switched her from formula because he pedi said it was okay.<br><br>
She breastfed for only a very short time. "She was always so hungry." She lives in another state and didn't want to call me or ask questions, and I had sent her LLL and IBCLC names for her area. I think the short breastfeeding prevented her from really learning how to "read" her baby's reactions.
 

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Here's a great link, but be prepared for defensive, angry relatives if you quote it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br><a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/dairy.htm" target="_blank">http://www.drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/dairy.htm</a>
 

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"Don't worry, Dad, I'm sure you will still enjoy seeing her eat ice cream for the first time if we wait to feed it to her until she can actually digest it. I promise she'll still be cute when she's a year old."<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Momtwice</i><br><b>Here's a great link, but be prepared for defensive, angry relatives if you quote it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br><br><a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/dairy.htm" target="_blank">http://www.drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/dairy.htm</a></b></td>
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Yeah, because human breastmilk is nasty and disgusting, but the breastmilk of another species altogether is yummy and tasty. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer">
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by captain optimism</i><br><b>"Don't worry, Dad, I'm sure you will still enjoy seeing her eat ice cream for the first time if we wait to feed it to her until she can actually digest it. I promise she'll still be cute when she's a year old."<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:</b></td>
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I actually gave my son ice cream before he turned one year.<br>
It's funny how much things change the second time around. He sees everything the first one does and wants to do it, too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br>
But, yeah, if it was a TASTE of milk or something, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. But it is really hard for them to digest because the proteins are much bigger.
 
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