Cow’s milk and infants’ diet

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Cow’s milk is not recommended by specialist for feeding children under one year old.

The reason it is not highly recommended is that infants might not get enough vitamin E, D, C , iron and essential fatty acids. Cow’s milk also has a high concentration of sodium, potassium and has three times more proteins than human milk which generates an overuse of the hepatic cells.

Cow’s milk does not contain the necessary quantity of carbohydrates and thus it is necessary to use sugar additives (and it is a known fact that sugar might have undesired side effects on children due to the fact that it may lead to obesity).

Infants fed cow’s milk may develop severe health problems such as chronic anaemia (due to the low iron content and its poor absorption brought about by the high quantity of proteins) or the overuse of the body’s excretory functions on only one kidney (due to the high quantity of proteins, sodium and potassium ).

Physicians recommend that infants be fed breast milk or iron-fortified formula during the first year of life. Between 4 – 6 months, certain solid foods may be added such as smashed fruits ( except pears , prunes, strawberries and raspberries ).

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