Dairy Products: Okay for Babies Under One Year?

Since babies are not supposed to have cow's milk before the age of one, is it okay to feed them dairy products, such as yogurt or cheese?

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After six to nine months of age, dairy products like yogurt and cheese, can make an important contribution to a baby's diet. Dairy products contain protein and calcium, as well as several important vitamins.

Yogurt is a perfect baby food due to its smooth texture and rich tangy flavor. Small cubes of soft cheese are a great finger food for older babies.

If you have a family history of allergies and/or asthma it would be wise to wait until your baby is older to introduce cow's milk in hopes of avoiding an allergic response.Talk with your baby's health care provider.

Note: Babies are not supposed to be given cow's milk until at least the age of one. Cow's milk is higher in protein than mothers' milk or formula, and can stress their kidney's and cause intestinal bleeding. This is because a baby's digestive system is still immature and has not yet totally developed. By the age of one, a baby's system has matured enough that cow's milk can now become the primary source of milk.

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