After 1 year of age, if breastfeeding is not going to be exclusively continued, whole milk can take over as your baby’s main drink, along with water. Ready to start weaning your 1-year-old and offering cow’s milk? Here are some tips from Dr. Gwiszcz on getting started, and what to expect during the transition: Ease into it
Can a 1 year old drink cow milk? It is safe though, to give cow’s milk to children after they’re 1 year old. A child who is 1 or 2 years old should only drink whole milk.
How much cow’s milk can a 1 year old drink? According to the AAP, your 1–year–old can get enough calcium and vitamin D with 16 ounces (2 cups) of cow’s milk — or the equivalent amount of other dairy products like yogurt or cheese. By age 2, your child should consume 18 ounces or 2 1/4 cups of cow’s milk or other dairy product each day.
According to the AAP, your 1-year-old can get enough calcium and vitamin D 16 ounces (2 cups) of cow’s milk – or the equivalent amount of other milk products, like yogurt or cheese.
Most babies need the fat in whole milk to support normal growth and brain development during the busy early toddler period. You can move your baby from breast milk or formula to whole milk by beginning to replace bottles of formula with bottles — or sippy cups — of milk. By age 1, your baby should be eating a variety of other foods as well as drinking about 2–3 cups (480–720.
Making the Switch to Cow’s Milk. Your pediatrician told you it’s time to switch your one-year-old over to milk and you’re ready, but your little one is less than interested in the idea. If they refuse to drink cow’s milk no matter what you do, first know that their nutrition and their growth doesn’t need to suffer.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend children aged 12 through 23 months get 1⅔ to 2 cup equivalents of dairy a day, including cow’s milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified soy beverages, and soy-based yogurt. If your child drinks too much cow’s milk, he or she may not be hungry for other foods with important nutrients.
Many toddlers–children ages 1 to 3 years old–can drink cow’s milk without any problem. However, milk is one of the most common allergens for young children, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, or AAAAI. Furthermore, about 15 percent of milk-allergic children will not outgrow the allergy by age 5.